Tag Archives: Agriculture

Balancing Nature & Commerce in Rural Communities and Landscapes

Transylvania County, NC (Source: The Conservation Fund)
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

National Conservation Innovation Grants

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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?

The Melvin Price Locks and Dam, also known as Lock and Dam No. 26, on the Mississippi River at Alton, Illinois, north of St. Louis, Missouri, USA. View is upriver to the northwest. The Clark Bridge can be seen upriver. (Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Digital Visual Library)
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

(Credit: Modern Farmer)
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

Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area

Farmland in Tennessee
The National Institution of Food and Agriculture, part of the USDA, requests applications for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) to support research to facilitate the adaptation of agroecosystems and natural resource systems to climate variability and the implementation of mitigation strategies. Applications due November 17. Learn more and apply... Read more

Farmers Market Promotion Program

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​ The purpose of the 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 by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. Applications due May 12. Learn more and apply... Read more

Local Food Promotion Program

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  ​The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) offers planning and implementation grants 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. Applications due May 12. Learn more and apply... Read more

Conservation Innovation Grants

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​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 to address pressing natural resources concerns. Applications due May 10. Learn more and apply... Read more

Forsyth County Creating Farmland Protection Plan

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​In 1954, Forsyth County had about 159,000 acres of farmland and 2,927 farms, according to the U.S. Census of Agriculture. Fast-forward to 2012, and the numbers had fallen to 40,467 acres of farmland and 662 farms. To protect the remaining farmland, Forsyth County, North Carolina, is creating a farmland protection plan. It will evaluate the state of agriculture and forestry in Forsyth County, the challenges, and outline ideas for keeping agriculture sustainable and promoting agricultural economic development. Read more... Read more
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