National Organic Certification Cost Share Program Grants

The National Organic Certification Cost Share Program provides organic certification cost share assistance to certified organic operations (producers and handlers) located within the US. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers the program, awarding program funds to eligible State Agencies, which operate as a pass-through system. In 2017, approximately $10.7M is available.

Federal State Marketing Improvement Program Grants

Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) provides matching funds on a competitive basis to assist eligible entities explore new market opportunities and to encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the U.S. agricultural marketing system. The 2017 allocation for grants is approximately $1 million; the maximum award is $200,000.

Local Food Promotion Program Grants

The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) offers grant funds with a 25% match to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets.

Glynwood: Farmer Training & Business Incubator

Glynwood's Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator in New Paltz, NY, is an ideal stepping stone for farmers ready to build their own farm enterprises, offering access to low-cost land, equipment, infrastructure and housing. By working one-on-one with farmers on business and financial planning, technical skills and eventual land tenure transition, the HVFBI is taking a longer view on supporting a new generation of farmers in the region, equipping its participants with the tools and guidance to get there.

Groundswell Seeking Educators To Teach And/Or Facilitate Classes and Programs

Groundswell is looking for enthusiastic educators to teach and/or facilitate classes and programs! Are you passionate about a topic related to food and farming? Are you excited to share a skill you have acquired? They want to know about it!

NYS Grown & Certified Program: $1.5 million Available to Help Farms Implement Environmental Plans

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced funding to help New York fruit and vegetable farmers join the New York State Grown & Certified program. $1.5 million is available through the Environmental Protection Fund to help farms implement an Agricultural Environmental Management plan, and a reimbursement of up to $1,000 is available for growers who participate in a third party audit of safe food handling practices. Farmers must participate in programs supporting good agricultural practices and environmental management to be eligible for New York State Grown & Certified, and this funding will help more farms join the certification program.

New Farmers Grant Fund Now Accepting Applications From Farms Of All Sizes

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $1 million in funding is available to assist new and early-stage farmers through the New York State New Farmers Grant Fund. Now in its third year, the program builds upon the success of 2015 when more than $743,000 was awarded to 25 early-stage farms across the state to support the continued growth of New York’s agriculture industry. 

USDA Rural Development and Federal Reserve: Small Business Credit Survey

USDA Rural Development is partnering with the Federal Reserve to conduct a Small Business Credit Survey for both pre-start and existing businesses, and we’d like to ask you to participate. We think it is an important survey because your answers will inform service providers and policymakers about real-time business conditions. This short survey will take approximately 9 minutes and will ask about business conditions, financing needs, and credit experiences. Summary results will be shared with you. Responses are confidential and will help to improve programs and services for current and potential small business owners. 

Broad Beef Producer Input Sought

Beef producers all across the country, from every segment of the industry, are being encouraged to participate in a survey that will help establish a benchmark and course for the beef industry for 2017 and beyond. The Producer Survey of the checkoff-funded 2016 National Beef Quality Audit (NBQA) will collect producer information and opinions, which will be added to the audit’s traditional production research to form an in-depth look at where the industry stands and what its successes and shortcomings are.