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2017 NCOSAFP Annual Conference

​The National Council of State Agricultural Finance Programs will hold its 2017 Annual Conference in Arlington, Virginia. The conference will focus on the industries that make up Virginia’s agricultural base as well as the financing programs that help to grow and sustain this important economic driver. The Annual Agricultural Finance Conference will be an interactive three-day event providing a forum for sharing ideas and gaining new insight and information in the agriculture industry. Arlington, Virginia. Learn more and register... Read more

Preserving Agricultural Land in Maryland – Reaping Rewards for Farmers

​While growth and development is inevitable in the name of progress, the State of Maryland and its more rural counties have made efforts to find some balance by providing incentives to farmers for preserving agricultural land and our rural areas. Agriculture still remains an important industry in the State of Maryland, so the State has found ways to encourage and sustain the agriculture industry while providing financial assistance and incentives to farmers to preserve farmland for those important agricultural uses... Read more

Balancing Nature & Commerce in Rural Communities and Landscapes

During this 3-day course, community-based teams will focus on the economics, community character, natural resources, and partnership-building skills necessary for creating sustainable communities. Teams will identify opportunities to differentiate their communities based upon their unique assets, have the opportunity to hear the latest trends in bringing alternative energy or transportation or sustainable agriculture practices to their rural communities, and develop specific action plans for implementation when they return home! Team applications due December 12. Learn more and apply... Read more

Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) co-invests with partners in innovative, workable and cost-effective approaches to benefit farming, ranching and forest operations; local economies; and the communities and resources in a watershed or other geographic area. Applications due April 21. Learn more and apply... Read more

Local Food Promotion Program

USDA’s 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. There are two types of project applications are accepted under LFPP—planning grants and implementation grants. Applications due March 27. Learn more and apply... Read more

Farmers Market Promotion Program

The purpose of USDA’s Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) is 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 by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of, domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. Applications due March 27. Learn... Read more

National Conservation Innovation Grants

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) are competitive grants that stimulate the development and adoption of innovative approaches and technologies for conservation on agricultural lands. Through CIG, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) partners with public and private entities to accelerate technology transfer and adopt promising technologies. Applications due January 9, 2017. Learn more and apply... Read more

US Infrastructure and Rural Prosperity: Are We Falling Behind?

Much of the underlying concern about the need for better infrastructure stems from the projection that food production in the U.S. and abroad will need to dramatically increase, with estimates of world population exceeding 9 billion by 2050. U.S. farmers and ranchers are poised to dramatically increase productivity and help “feed the nine” – if they have a strong distribution network that can both deliver inputs to them and move their crops, livestock, dairy and poultry products to markets. Read... Read more

USDA Announces $26 Million Investment to Spur Agricultural Innovation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest $26.6 million into 45 projects that will spur innovative conservation initiatives on both rural and urban farms across the country. Public and private grantees will provide matching investments, bringing the total value of support to $59 million. The investment is made through USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program, which fosters innovation in conservation tools and strategies to improve things like on-farm energy and fertilizer use as well as market-based strategies to improve water... Read more
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