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CDFA’s Healthy Soils Program Request for Grant Applications expected to be released this month.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is expecting to release the Request for Grant Applications this month for the $7.5 million Healthy Soils Program (HSP). The tentative due date is scheduled for August 2017 with grant awards being announced in November.

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Susan Harwood Grant Program Announced – Due August 28, 2017

The focus of this Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) program is to provide training and education for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces, and to inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act. Target audiences include underserved, low-literacy, and workers in high-hazard industries. Since 1978, over 2.1 million workers have been trained through this program

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USDA Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Phase I Announced – Due October 5, 2017

Objectives of the SBIR program include stimulating technological innovation in the private sector, strengthening the role of small businesses in meeting Federal research and development needs, increasing private sector commercialization of innovations derived from USDA-supported research and development efforts, and fostering and encouraging participation by women-owned and socially and economically disadvantaged small business firms in technological innovation. Firms with strong scientific research capabilities in any of the below topic areas are encouraged to participate.

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Outreach for Socially-Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (2501 Program) Announced

Funding is being provided to eligible entities who, in partnership with the Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO), will conduct outreach initiatives and training to achieve the overall goal of the 2501 Program—to assist socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers in owning and operating farms and ranches while increasing their participation in agricultural programs and services provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Funding Levels: $200,000 (maximum award) - $8.4 million is available in funding

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Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program – Due July 17

The DLT Grant Program is specifically designed to assist rural communities in acquiring distance learning and telemedical technologies so that local teachers, and medical service providers who serve rural residents can link to other teachers, medical professionals, and other needed expertise located at distances too far to access otherwise.

Funding Level: $50,000-$500,000

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include most entities that provide education or healthcare through telecommunications, including:

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Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program Announced – Due July 18, 2017

The Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant Program will provide funds to support expanding existing or establishing new food waste prevention and/or rescue projects (source reduction or food rescue for people) in California to reduce the amount of food being disposed in landfills. The investment will result in reduced methane emissions from landfills; benefit disadvantaged communities; feed people in need; and create jobs.

Funding Levels:  $5 million is available in funding

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Funding Available from the Commodity Credit Corporation

The Commodity Credit Corporation announced funding for the following programs:

Emerging Markets Program (EMP) – Due: August 15, 2017

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Risk Management Education Partnerships Program Grant Announced – Due July 10, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced $4 million of funding for the Risk Management Education Partnerships Program. The funding provides the needed resources to develop training and education tools to help farmers and ranchers learn how to effectively manage long-term risks and challenges.

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Funding Available for Dairy Digester Installation – Due June 28, 2017

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting grant applications for project funding from the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP). This program provides financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters in California, which will result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions. CDFA-DDRDP will award between $29 million and $36 million.

Funding Levels: Up to $3 million per project for anaerobic digestion projects that provide quantifiable greenhouse gas reductions.

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Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grants Program Announced – Due June 6, 2017

The Food Safety Outreach Program at NIFA was established to complement and expand the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program. That Program established regional centers to facilitate work across their regions to increase the understanding and adoption of established food safety standards, guidance, and protocols established under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This year, the Food Safety Outreach Program will focus on delivery of customized training to members of the target audiences.

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