More news from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) 4/2/10 - NRCS Agricultural Water Enhancement Project USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that it is taking applications for Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) projects until May 17, 2010. AWEP was authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill to replace the Ground and Surface Water Conservation Program, a component of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). 4/1/10 - Target Date Passes for Black Farmer Settlement The settlement reached between the government and black farmers denied USDA funding and services included a target date of March 31. That date has now passed, but the issue remains very much alive. 3/29/10 - Rural Business Opportunity Grants Available Yesterday's Federal Register announced the availability of grants to fund projects designed to help rural communities create wealth, repopulate and become self-sustaining. Projects can receive up to $250,000 across a period of up to two years.