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NIFA Now Accepting Proposals for the Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program (BFRDP)

USDA’s National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA) has released the Request for Applications for the 2018 BFRDP. An estimated $17.7 million is available to support the delivery of education, mentoring, and technical assistance programs to help beginning farmers and ranchers in the US as they enter, establish, build, and manage successful farm and ranch enterprises.

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USDA Food and Nutrition Service is Accepting Applications for the Farm to School Grant Program – Due December 8, 2017

The purpose the program is to assist entities, through grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in schools. Designed to increase the availability of local foods in schools, grant funding can help new farm to school programs get started or expand existing efforts.

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NIFA Accepting Applications for the Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), a federal agency within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) opened the application period for the Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (CFPCGP), with applications due December 4, 2017. There is approximately $8,640,000 available and applicants are eligible to receive up to $400,000 in grant funding through the program as detailed below.

The primary goals of the CFPCGP are to:

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CDFA Accepting Proposals for the 2018 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) opened the Phase I application period for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP), with applications due October 13, 2017. Applicants are eligible to receive up to $300,000 in grant funding through the program as detailed below.

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CalRecycle Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement Grant Program - Due November 7, 2017

CalRecycle is accepting applications for the second cycle of the Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement Grant Program. Applications for this cycle are due November 7, 2017. The purpose of the grant is to clean up illegal disposal sites on farm and/or ranch property.

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CDFA Accepting Applications for the Alternative Manure Management Program – Due October 2, 2017

The Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) is one of two programs designed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions. The program will provide $9-16 million dollars in grants to California dairy and livestock operators to implement non-digester manure management practices that reduce their methane emissions.

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CDFA’s Healthy Soils Program Accepting Applications – Due September 19, 2017

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for the Healthy Soils Program (HSP) which is part of California’s cap-and-trade California Climate Investments.

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Value-Added Producer Grant Program Opens for Applications Today – Due January 31, 2018

The USDA opened the application period for the Value-Added Producer Grant Program today, with applications due January 31, 2018. Applicants are eligible to receive up to $250,000 in grant funding, through the program, as detailed below.

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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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