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:


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


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


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.


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.


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.


National Air Quality Initiative (NAQI) Funding for New Farm Equipment

Funding is available to help agricultural producers meet air quality compliance requirements and to support practices that address impacts associated with greenhouse gases through NAQI, an Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) which is a voluntary, conservation program administered by Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). EQIP promotes agricultural production, forest management, and environmental quality as compatible goals; to optimize environmental benefits; and to help farmers and ranchers meet Federal, State, Tribal, and local environment regulations.


FundMatch – Assisting California Companies in Expanding Export Sales

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), in coordination with the Western United States Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA) provides reimbursement for promotional trade activities for small food and agricultural businesses wishing to expand market share and sales in foreign countries – effectively doubling marketing dollars.


California Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) – Due June 7, 2017

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is accepting applications for a grant program that will provide up to $75,000 of funding to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in California.



The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced they are accepting public comments on the draft Request for Grant Applications for the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) from February 1-14, 2017.

What are the goals of DDRDP?

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