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Dairy Farm Innovation Grant

About:
The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) announces the availability of funds through the Dairy Farm Innovation Grant program. This program will provide grants for dairy farmers to access resources and technical assistance to support the implementation of community- and climate-forward production strategies. Projects funded through this grant program should take a whole farm system approach and increase collaboration with other farms or dairy sector stakeholders.

This grant will fund a wide range of projects across farm production and business operation models. Projects may address improvements in topics such as, but are in no way limited to: switching breeds, creating new models for collaborative/cooperative milk production, increased young farmer engagement, alternative business ownership/management models, development of green technologies, farm-scale appropriate technology improvements, or creating a culture of continuous improvement.

Grants will range from $10,000 to $75,000 with a 25% (cash or in-kind) match commitment required. Applicants eligible for these funds are dairy farmers (producers) whose operations are headquartered or based in the Northeast and who produce milk within the Northeast.

Location(s):
Grants are available to applicants in all Northeast states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Application Deadline:
The full application becomes available October 11, 2022. The application period is October 27-December 8, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

For More Information:
Have a question? Contact Kathryn Donovan.

Program website

Northeast SARE Farmer Grant Program

About:
The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program offers grants to farmers to explore new concepts in sustainable agriculture conducted through experiments, surveys, prototypes, on-farm demonstrations or other research and education techniques. Farmer Grant projects address issues that affect farming with long-term sustainability in mind.

Competitive proposals explore new ideas and techniques or apply known ideas in new ways or with new communities. Reviewers look to fund projects that are well-designed to meet proposed objectives and promise the greatest benefit to farming communities.

A wide variety of topics can be funded by Northeast SARE, including marketing and business, crop production, raising livestock, aquaculture, social sustainability, climate-smart agriculture practices, urban and Indigenous agriculture and much more. For guidance on how to design your project, refer to SARE’s bulletin, How to Conduct Research on Your Farm or Ranch. To see examples of funded Farmer Grant projects, visit the national SARE project database at projects.sare.org/search-projects/.

This grant program accepts all types and scales of farms – large or small scale, organic or conventional, urban or rural, full- or part-time, etc.

To be eligible, you must meet the U.S. Census of Agriculture definition of a Farm: “Any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year.” For more information see, “Northeast SARE’s Definition of Farm”.

Awards typically range from $5,000 to $30,000, depending upon a project’s complexity and duration. Projects that are more complex include multi-farm collaboration, intensive education for other farmers and/or service providers, and/or replicated research over multiple years or locations. Simpler, straightforward proposals with modest budgets are equally encouraged.

Location(s):
The Farmer Grant program is open to all commercial farm business owners and farm employees in the Northeast region, which includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.

Application Deadline:
The online system for submissions opens October 1, 2022. The proposal submission deadline is November 15, 2022.

For More Information:
Program website: https://northeast.sare.org/grants/get-a-grant/farmer-grant-program/

Call for proposals: https://www.sare.org/wp-content/uploads/Northeast-SARE-Farmer-Grant-Call-for-Proposals.pdf

Dairy Farm Innovation Grant

About:
The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) announces the availability of funds through the Dairy Farm Innovation Grant program. This program will provide grants for dairy farmers to access resources and technical assistance to support the implementation of community- and climate-forward production strategies. Projects funded through this grant program should take a whole farm system approach and increase collaboration with other farms or dairy sector stakeholders.

This grant will fund a wide range of projects across farm production and business operation models. Projects may address improvements in topics such as, but are in no way limited to: switching breeds, creating new models for collaborative/cooperative milk production, increased young farmer engagement, alternative business ownership/management models, development of green technologies, farm-scale appropriate technology improvements, or creating a culture of continuous improvement.

Grants will range from $10,000 to $75,000 with a 25% (cash or in-kind) match commitment required. Applicants eligible for these funds are dairy farmers (producers) whose operations are headquartered or based in the Northeast and who produce milk within the Northeast.

Location(s):
Grants are available to applicants in all Northeast states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Application Deadline:
The full application becomes available October 11, 2022. The application period is October 27-December 8, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

For More Information:
Have a question? Contact Kathryn Donovan.

Program website

Northeast SARE Farmer Grant Program

About:
The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program offers grants to farmers to explore new concepts in sustainable agriculture conducted through experiments, surveys, prototypes, on-farm demonstrations or other research and education techniques. Farmer Grant projects address issues that affect farming with long-term sustainability in mind.

Competitive proposals explore new ideas and techniques or apply known ideas in new ways or with new communities. Reviewers look to fund projects that are well-designed to meet proposed objectives and promise the greatest benefit to farming communities.

A wide variety of topics can be funded by Northeast SARE, including marketing and business, crop production, raising livestock, aquaculture, social sustainability, climate-smart agriculture practices, urban and Indigenous agriculture and much more. For guidance on how to design your project, refer to SARE’s bulletin, How to Conduct Research on Your Farm or Ranch. To see examples of funded Farmer Grant projects, visit the national SARE project database at projects.sare.org/search-projects/.

This grant program accepts all types and scales of farms – large or small scale, organic or conventional, urban or rural, full- or part-time, etc.

To be eligible, you must meet the U.S. Census of Agriculture definition of a Farm: “Any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year.” For more information see, “Northeast SARE’s Definition of Farm”.

Awards typically range from $5,000 to $30,000, depending upon a project’s complexity and duration. Projects that are more complex include multi-farm collaboration, intensive education for other farmers and/or service providers, and/or replicated research over multiple years or locations. Simpler, straightforward proposals with modest budgets are equally encouraged.

Location(s):
The Farmer Grant program is open to all commercial farm business owners and farm employees in the Northeast region, which includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.

Application Deadline:
The online system for submissions opens October 1, 2022. The proposal submission deadline is November 15, 2022.

For More Information:
Program website: https://northeast.sare.org/grants/get-a-grant/farmer-grant-program/

Call for proposals: https://www.sare.org/wp-content/uploads/Northeast-SARE-Farmer-Grant-Call-for-Proposals.pdf

High-Priority Agricultural Conservation Practices Now Available for 100% Cost-Share Grants

About:
The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has announced that over 20 high-priority agricultural conservation practices are now eligible for cost-share funding of up to 100% through the Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share (MACS) Program. Installation of these practices by farmers will help Maryland meet its 2025 Chesapeake Bay cleanup goals.

Qualifying practices must have at least a 10-year maintenance life; provide environmental benefits that are consistent with Maryland’s Watershed Implementation Plan; and focus largely on in-field or edge-of-field practices that protect local waterways from nutrient runoff associated with crop production. In addition, these practices are required to be implemented as part of a current Soil Conservation and Water Quality Plan developed by a local soil conservation district.

Practices now eligible for up to 100% cost-share funding and free technical assistance include:

  • Conservation drainage practices
  • Conservation cover
  • Critical area planting
  • Diversion
  • Stream exclusion fencing
  • Field border
  • Filter strip
  • Grade stabilization structure
  • Grassed waterway
  • Lined waterway or outlet
  • Riparian forest buffer
  • Riparian herbaceous cover
  • Sediment basin
  • Terrace system
  • Tree and shrub establishment
  • Wetland restoration or creation

Location(s):
Statewide

Application Deadline:
Unknown

For More Information:
Interested farmers should contact their local soil conservation district to apply for cost-share funding and to receive free technical assistance to design and install these practices. To be eligible for cost-share assistance, applicants must be in good standing with MDA, the MACS Program and in compliance with Maryland’s nutrient management regulations. Other restrictions may apply.

For more information, please contact MDA’s Conservation Grants Program at (410) 841-5864 or visit the website.

Farming for Health Soil Grants

About:
The Maryland Department of Agriculture has received a three year, $1 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund to promote healthy soil practices to farmers. The grant will provide participating farmers with technical assistance, as well as financial assistance ranging from $10 to $55 per acre, per year to install key soil health practices. Funding for soils data sampling is also available.

We are seeking farmers to enroll study fields in any of the following:

  • Conservation Tillage
  • Multi-Species Cover Crops
  • Extended Season Cover Crops
  • Prescribed Grazing
  • Precision Nutrient Management

Location(s):
Statewide

Application Deadline:
Unknown

For More Information:    
Kevin Antoszewski
Maryland Department of Agriculture
Office of Resource Conservation
kevin.antoszewski@maryland.gov

Cost-Share Grants Expanded to Include Natural Filters, Pasture Fencing

About:
The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has announced that four new conservation practices are now eligible for cost-share funding up to 87.5% through the Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share (MACS) Program. These practices involve adding woody vegetation in and along fields to serve as natural filters. Additionally, state cost-share funding has been expanded to help Maryland farmers install livestock fencing systems that improve pasture management.

Trees and shrubs help to improve water quality by filtering runoff and reducing soil erosion. They also work to sequester carbon from the atmosphere and improve soil health, all while creating biodiversity and wildlife habitat. Once fully implemented, these natural filters will help Maryland meet its water quality goals for the Chesapeake Bay and help to remove excess carbon from the atmosphere.

New practices now eligible for funding and technical assistance include:

  • Windbreaks – Rows of trees and shrubs planted to filter runoff, reduce soil erosion caused by wind, enhance wildlife habitat, improve air quality, and sequester carbon in the soil;
  • Hedgerows – Small trees, shrubs, and grasses planted along the edges of farm fields or along roads to filter runoff and act as a living fence and wildlife corridor;
  • Silvopasture – Integrates trees into active livestock pastures to filter runoff, provide shade and shelter for livestock, and sequester carbon;
  • Tree and Shrub Establishment – Establishes trees and shrubs on agricultural land outside the stream corridor to improve water quality and sequester carbon; and
  • Pasture Fencing – Allows farmers to develop rotational grazing systems that improve forage, distribute manure more evenly, protect the soil from erosion, and improve water quality.

Applicants must be in good standing with the MACS Program and in compliance with Maryland’s nutrient management regulations to be eligible. Other restrictions may apply.

Location(s):
Statewide

Application Deadline:
Unknown

For More Information:
Interested farmers should contact their local soil conservation district to apply for cost-share funding and to receive free, technical assistance to install new practices. For more information, please contact the department at 410-841-5864 or visit the MACS Program website.

$900,000 Available for Precision Nutrient Management and Soil Health Conservation Practices

About:
Funding available to EQIP-eligible farmers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and in Harford County. With this RCPP funding the maximum cap for precision nutrient management is $40,000/year, rather than $10,000/year through EQIP. This funding is available through USDA’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) project Sustainable Chesapeake secured in partnership with the Maryland Department of Agriculture and the Delaware-Maryland 4R Alliance.

Location(s):
Eastern Shore and Harford County

Application Deadline:
Unknown

For More Information:
Interested individuals should call or visit their local NRCS office to confirm eligibility and complete an application.

Dairy Farm Innovation Grant

About:
The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) announces the availability of funds through the Dairy Farm Innovation Grant program. This program will provide grants for dairy farmers to access resources and technical assistance to support the implementation of community- and climate-forward production strategies. Projects funded through this grant program should take a whole farm system approach and increase collaboration with other farms or dairy sector stakeholders.

This grant will fund a wide range of projects across farm production and business operation models. Projects may address improvements in topics such as, but are in no way limited to: switching breeds, creating new models for collaborative/cooperative milk production, increased young farmer engagement, alternative business ownership/management models, development of green technologies, farm-scale appropriate technology improvements, or creating a culture of continuous improvement.

Grants will range from $10,000 to $75,000 with a 25% (cash or in-kind) match commitment required. Applicants eligible for these funds are dairy farmers (producers) whose operations are headquartered or based in the Northeast and who produce milk within the Northeast.

Location(s):
Grants are available to applicants in all Northeast states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Application Deadline:
The full application becomes available October 11, 2022. The application period is October 27-December 8, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

For More Information:
Have a question? Contact Kathryn Donovan.

Program website

Northeast SARE Farmer Grant Program

About:
The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program offers grants to farmers to explore new concepts in sustainable agriculture conducted through experiments, surveys, prototypes, on-farm demonstrations or other research and education techniques. Farmer Grant projects address issues that affect farming with long-term sustainability in mind.

Competitive proposals explore new ideas and techniques or apply known ideas in new ways or with new communities. Reviewers look to fund projects that are well-designed to meet proposed objectives and promise the greatest benefit to farming communities.

A wide variety of topics can be funded by Northeast SARE, including marketing and business, crop production, raising livestock, aquaculture, social sustainability, climate-smart agriculture practices, urban and Indigenous agriculture and much more. For guidance on how to design your project, refer to SARE’s bulletin, How to Conduct Research on Your Farm or Ranch. To see examples of funded Farmer Grant projects, visit the national SARE project database at projects.sare.org/search-projects/.

This grant program accepts all types and scales of farms – large or small scale, organic or conventional, urban or rural, full- or part-time, etc.

To be eligible, you must meet the U.S. Census of Agriculture definition of a Farm: “Any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year.” For more information see, “Northeast SARE’s Definition of Farm”.

Awards typically range from $5,000 to $30,000, depending upon a project’s complexity and duration. Projects that are more complex include multi-farm collaboration, intensive education for other farmers and/or service providers, and/or replicated research over multiple years or locations. Simpler, straightforward proposals with modest budgets are equally encouraged.

Location(s):
The Farmer Grant program is open to all commercial farm business owners and farm employees in the Northeast region, which includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.

Application Deadline:
The online system for submissions opens October 1, 2022. The proposal submission deadline is November 15, 2022.

For More Information:
Program website: https://northeast.sare.org/grants/get-a-grant/farmer-grant-program/

Call for proposals: https://www.sare.org/wp-content/uploads/Northeast-SARE-Farmer-Grant-Call-for-Proposals.pdf

Dairy Farm Innovation Grant

About:
The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) announces the availability of funds through the Dairy Farm Innovation Grant program. This program will provide grants for dairy farmers to access resources and technical assistance to support the implementation of community- and climate-forward production strategies. Projects funded through this grant program should take a whole farm system approach and increase collaboration with other farms or dairy sector stakeholders.

This grant will fund a wide range of projects across farm production and business operation models. Projects may address improvements in topics such as, but are in no way limited to: switching breeds, creating new models for collaborative/cooperative milk production, increased young farmer engagement, alternative business ownership/management models, development of green technologies, farm-scale appropriate technology improvements, or creating a culture of continuous improvement.

Grants will range from $10,000 to $75,000 with a 25% (cash or in-kind) match commitment required. Applicants eligible for these funds are dairy farmers (producers) whose operations are headquartered or based in the Northeast and who produce milk within the Northeast.

Location(s):
Grants are available to applicants in all Northeast states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Application Deadline:
The full application becomes available October 11, 2022. The application period is October 27-December 8, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

For More Information:
Have a question? Contact Kathryn Donovan.

Program website

Northeast SARE Farmer Grant Program

About:
The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program offers grants to farmers to explore new concepts in sustainable agriculture conducted through experiments, surveys, prototypes, on-farm demonstrations or other research and education techniques. Farmer Grant projects address issues that affect farming with long-term sustainability in mind.

Competitive proposals explore new ideas and techniques or apply known ideas in new ways or with new communities. Reviewers look to fund projects that are well-designed to meet proposed objectives and promise the greatest benefit to farming communities.

A wide variety of topics can be funded by Northeast SARE, including marketing and business, crop production, raising livestock, aquaculture, social sustainability, climate-smart agriculture practices, urban and Indigenous agriculture and much more. For guidance on how to design your project, refer to SARE’s bulletin, How to Conduct Research on Your Farm or Ranch. To see examples of funded Farmer Grant projects, visit the national SARE project database at projects.sare.org/search-projects/.

This grant program accepts all types and scales of farms – large or small scale, organic or conventional, urban or rural, full- or part-time, etc.

To be eligible, you must meet the U.S. Census of Agriculture definition of a Farm: “Any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year.” For more information see, “Northeast SARE’s Definition of Farm”.

Awards typically range from $5,000 to $30,000, depending upon a project’s complexity and duration. Projects that are more complex include multi-farm collaboration, intensive education for other farmers and/or service providers, and/or replicated research over multiple years or locations. Simpler, straightforward proposals with modest budgets are equally encouraged.

Location(s):
The Farmer Grant program is open to all commercial farm business owners and farm employees in the Northeast region, which includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.

Application Deadline:
The online system for submissions opens October 1, 2022. The proposal submission deadline is November 15, 2022.

For More Information:
Program website: https://northeast.sare.org/grants/get-a-grant/farmer-grant-program/

Call for proposals: https://www.sare.org/wp-content/uploads/Northeast-SARE-Farmer-Grant-Call-for-Proposals.pdf

Montgomery County BMP Funding

About:
The Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking farmers interested in implementing best management practices on their farms. The farm must have a conservation plan addressing resource concerns written through the Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) program. These farms will be prioritized based on local watershed needs through a planning process to select appropriate agricultural best management practice systems for the control and treatment of pollutants from agricultural non-point sources.

Examples of practice systems that will be considered for funding include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Prescribed Rotational Grazing System: water system infrastructure, fencing, trails and walkways
  • Riparian Buffer System: buffers, tree planting, stream crossing
  • Soil Health System: cover crop, no-till, pasture and hay land planting
  • Erosion Control System: diversion, waterways, trails and walkways, roof runoff structure (gutters, drip trench)
  • Livestock Heavy Use Area Protection Systems: barnyard, vegetated treatment areas, HUAP, waste transfer, storage

Funding is available locally through assistance provided by the NY Department of Agriculture and Markets. These practices improve the water quality of the County, and beyond. The farm must be a participant in the AEM program with the ability to cost share the practice within the 2-year contract timeline.

Montgomery County SWCD leads in the implementation of the AEM program. AEM is voluntary, confidential, locally-led, and comprehensive approach that further advances environmental management on farms across all sizes and commodities. This program delivers technical support and financial incentives needed to help farmers to implement conservation practices critical to the protection of water quality and other natural resources. AEM helps to ensure that New York’s farms remain viable and continue to meet their business objectives in an ever-changing marketplace.

Location(s):
Montgomery County, NY

Application Deadline:
Unknown

For More Information:
Farms seeking more information should call the SWCD at 518-853-4015 or email joseph.slezak@ny.nacdnet.net.

Source Water Buffer Program

About:
The goal of the Source Water Buffer Program is to protect active sources of public drinking water and to support, expand, or enhance water quality protection through the purchase of conservation easements on agricultural lands. Such projects shall preserve or establish buffers for surface or ground waters which serve as, or are tributaries to, public drinking water supplies.

Funding for this opportunity is provided through the Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 with approximately $5 million available for the purchase of conservation easements on agricultural lands that support, expand, or enhance water quality protection of active public drinking water sources. These are including but not limited to aquifers, watersheds, reservoirs, lakes, rivers, and streams. Program funds will also be available for the implementation of Riparian Buffer Systems within the conservation easement area that will provide further water quality protection.

Location(s):
Eligible agricultural lands must be:

  • Directly adjacent to surface waters designated as a drinking water source;
  • Directly adjacent to tributaries that drain to designated drinking water source;
  • Wetland areas directly adjacent to surface waters designated as a drinking water source;
  • Within a wellhead protection area designated by the NYS Department of Health; or
  • Within the contributing area directly adjacent to an aquifer sinkhole.

Application Deadline:
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis.

For More Information:
If you are interested in learning more or participating in the Source Water Buffer Program, contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District.

Dairy Farm Innovation Grant

About:
The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) announces the availability of funds through the Dairy Farm Innovation Grant program. This program will provide grants for dairy farmers to access resources and technical assistance to support the implementation of community- and climate-forward production strategies. Projects funded through this grant program should take a whole farm system approach and increase collaboration with other farms or dairy sector stakeholders.

This grant will fund a wide range of projects across farm production and business operation models. Projects may address improvements in topics such as, but are in no way limited to: switching breeds, creating new models for collaborative/cooperative milk production, increased young farmer engagement, alternative business ownership/management models, development of green technologies, farm-scale appropriate technology improvements, or creating a culture of continuous improvement.

Grants will range from $10,000 to $75,000 with a 25% (cash or in-kind) match commitment required. Applicants eligible for these funds are dairy farmers (producers) whose operations are headquartered or based in the Northeast and who produce milk within the Northeast.

Location(s):
Grants are available to applicants in all Northeast states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Application Deadline:
The full application becomes available October 11, 2022. The application period is October 27-December 8, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

For More Information:
Have a question? Contact Kathryn Donovan.

Program website

Tax Credits for Farmer Investments in Improving Water and Soil Quality

About:
$13 million in tax credits is available to Pennsylvania farmers for measures to improve soil and water quality. Tax credits through Pennsylvania’s innovative conservation Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) financing program can be combined with other state funding, including the Environmental Quality Incentive Program, the Chesapeake Bay Program or Conservation Excellence Grants.

PDA is now accepting applications for REAP tax credits from agricultural producers who implement best management practices or purchase equipment to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff, enhancing soil and improving the quality of Pennsylvania’s waterways. This is the fourth year of increased funding and expanded eligibility for the program under the PA Farm Bill.

Location(s):
Statewide

Application Deadline:
Applications are accepting beginning on the first Monday in August of each calendar year.

For More Information:
REAP website

Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants

About:
The Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) program has approximately $3 million in funding available to school districts, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses in Pennsylvania that want to transition to cleaner fuel transportation.

Supported alternative fuels include electricity, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, propane, hydrogen, hythane, biodiesel, ethanol, methanol, and other advanced biofuels. Grant funding covers:
• Incremental costs related to retrofitting vehicles to operate on alternative fuels;
• Incremental costs to purchase alternative fuel vehicles;
• Cost to purchase and install the necessary fleet-refueling or home-refueling equipment for alternative fuel vehicles;
• Cost to perform research, training, development, and demonstration of new applications or next-phase technology related to alternative fuel vehicles.

Location(s):
Statewide

Application Deadline:
The program will collect and review all applications submitted by 4:00 PM December 16, 2022.

For More Information:
Program website

Northeast SARE Farmer Grant Program

About:
The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program offers grants to farmers to explore new concepts in sustainable agriculture conducted through experiments, surveys, prototypes, on-farm demonstrations or other research and education techniques. Farmer Grant projects address issues that affect farming with long-term sustainability in mind.

Competitive proposals explore new ideas and techniques or apply known ideas in new ways or with new communities. Reviewers look to fund projects that are well-designed to meet proposed objectives and promise the greatest benefit to farming communities.

A wide variety of topics can be funded by Northeast SARE, including marketing and business, crop production, raising livestock, aquaculture, social sustainability, climate-smart agriculture practices, urban and Indigenous agriculture and much more. For guidance on how to design your project, refer to SARE’s bulletin, How to Conduct Research on Your Farm or Ranch. To see examples of funded Farmer Grant projects, visit the national SARE project database at projects.sare.org/search-projects/.

This grant program accepts all types and scales of farms – large or small scale, organic or conventional, urban or rural, full- or part-time, etc.

To be eligible, you must meet the U.S. Census of Agriculture definition of a Farm: “Any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year.” For more information see, “Northeast SARE’s Definition of Farm”.

Awards typically range from $5,000 to $30,000, depending upon a project’s complexity and duration. Projects that are more complex include multi-farm collaboration, intensive education for other farmers and/or service providers, and/or replicated research over multiple years or locations. Simpler, straightforward proposals with modest budgets are equally encouraged.

Location(s):
The Farmer Grant program is open to all commercial farm business owners and farm employees in the Northeast region, which includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.

Application Deadline:
The online system for submissions opens October 1, 2022. The proposal submission deadline is November 15, 2022.

For More Information:

Program website: https://northeast.sare.org/grants/get-a-grant/farmer-grant-program/

Call for proposals: https://www.sare.org/wp-content/uploads/Northeast-SARE-Farmer-Grant-Call-for-Proposals.pdf

Dairy Grazing Project

About:
Pasa Sustainable Agriculture and partners have launched a new project designed to improve dairy herds, soil health and water quality in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Whether you’re an experienced grazier seeking a better price for your milk, a conventional farmer only beginning to think about how grazing might support your operation, or fall anywhere in between, Dairy Grazing Project can help.

Services are provided by a team of farmers and professionals at Center for Dairy Excellence, Ephrata National Bank, Mad Agriculture, Origin Milk Company, Pasa Sustainable Agriculture, Rodale Institute, and TeamAg. This project is supported by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Location(s):
If you are a Pennsylvania dairy farmer in Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, or York Counties, you may be eligible to receive a variety of free or reduced-cost mentorship, technical assistance, business, and financial services.

If you are a dairy farmer located in other areas near the Chesapeake Bay Watershed you may also be eligible for these services.

Application Deadline:
Unknown

For More Information:
https://dairygrazingproject.org/

Agriculture Linked (Agri-Link) Investment Program

About:
The program offers low-interest loans to Pennsylvania agriculture operations implementing best management practices (BMPs). Currently, $500,000 is available to support BMPs this fiscal year.

To be eligible, borrowers must have BMP projects included in an approved nutrient management, manure management, agricultural erosion and sedimentation, or other SCC-approved federal or state conservation plans.

The program was re-established by Act 37 of 2019 and allows the State Conservation Commission at the Department of Agriculture to subsidize qualifying loans. The subsidy is funded by an annual appropriation from the General Assembly for payments to offset interest rates.

Treasury will pay the lending institution the full value of the qualifying Agri-Link loan. The borrower’s interest rate is reduced by a subsidy provided by the SCC. Borrowers pay back principal and interest to their lenders, and Treasury is paid principal and interest every six months over the life of the loan by the depository institution.

Agri-Link is open to farmers in all 67 counties and offers low-interest loans up to $250,000 with terms no longer than 12 years. Those interested in applying for the program can do so through their local lending institution or a Farm Credit Service institution. County conservation districts and the SCC review applicants’ projects to determine whether they meet Act 37 criteria.

Location(s):
Statewide

Application Deadline:
Applications can be filed at any time.

For More Information:
More information is available on the Department of Agriculture’s Agri-Link webpage.

Small Business Advantage Grants to Support Water Quality Restoration, Energy Efficiency, Pollution Prevention Projects

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Pennsylvania DEP is now accepting applications for up to $1 million in Small Business Advantage Grants on a first-come, first-served basis. The program assists small businesses undertaking energy efficiency, pollution prevention or natural resource conservation projects. This is a first-come, first-served grant program that provides up to 50% in matching grants, up to a maximum of $5,000, for all project types. Eligible projects must save the small business a minimum of $500 per year and at least 25% in annual energy consumption or pollution-related expenses. Natural resource protection projects are exempt from the minimum savings requirements. Projects must quantify the sediment and nutrient diversion from the directly related receiving waterway to be eligible.

Location(s):
Statewide

Application Deadline:
Applications accepted on first-come, first-served basis.

For More Information:
Visit DEP’s Small Business Advantage Grants webpage. Questions should be directed to DEP’s Small Business Ombudsman by sending email to: RA-epAdvantageGrant@pa.gov or calling 717-783-9640.

Dairy Farm Innovation Grant

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The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) announces the availability of funds through the Dairy Farm Innovation Grant program. This program will provide grants for dairy farmers to access resources and technical assistance to support the implementation of community- and climate-forward production strategies. Projects funded through this grant program should take a whole farm system approach and increase collaboration with other farms or dairy sector stakeholders.

This grant will fund a wide range of projects across farm production and business operation models. Projects may address improvements in topics such as, but are in no way limited to: switching breeds, creating new models for collaborative/cooperative milk production, increased young farmer engagement, alternative business ownership/management models, development of green technologies, farm-scale appropriate technology improvements, or creating a culture of continuous improvement.

Grants will range from $10,000 to $75,000 with a 25% (cash or in-kind) match commitment required. Applicants eligible for these funds are dairy farmers (producers) whose operations are headquartered or based in the Northeast and who produce milk within the Northeast.

Location(s):
Grants are available to applicants in all Northeast states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Application Deadline:
The full application becomes available October 11, 2022. The application period is October 27-December 8, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

For More Information:
Have a question? Contact Kathryn Donovan.

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USDA Offers CLEAR30 Option for Producers to Enroll Land with Expiring Conservation Contracts

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing the signup period for its Clean Lakes, Estuaries, And Rivers initiative (CLEAR30)—a nationwide opportunity for certain landowners and agricultural producers currently implementing water quality practices through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to enroll in 30-year contracts, extending the lifespan and strengthening the benefits of important water quality practices on their land.

Cropland and certain pastureland currently enrolled in Continuous CRP or the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) and dedicated to an eligible water quality practice such as riparian buffers, contour strips, grass waterways or wetland restoration may be eligible if their contracts are expiring by September 30, 2022.

CLEAR30 contracts will be effective beginning Oct. 1, 2022. These long-term contracts ensure that conservation practices remain in place for 30 years, which improves water quality through reducing sediment and nutrient runoff and helping prevent algal blooms. Conservation in riparian areas also provides important carbon sequestration benefits. Traditional CRP contracts run from 10 to 15 years.

Annual rental payments for landowners who enroll in CLEAR30 will be equal to the current Continuous CRP annual payment rate plus a 20 percent water quality incentive payment and an annual rental rate adjustment of 27.5 percent.

Location(s): Statewide

Application Deadline: August 5, 2022

For More Information:
To sign up for CLEAR30, landowners and producers should contact their local USDA Service Center. Contact information can be found at farmers.gov/service-locator. Additionally, fact sheets and other resources are available at fsa.usda.gov/crp.

CLEAR30 is an option available through CRP, which is one of the largest voluntary private-lands conservation programs in the United States. CRP was originally intended to primarily control soil erosion and stabilize commodity prices by taking environmentally sensitive lands out of production. The program has evolved over the years, providing numerous conservation and economic benefits. In addition to CLEAR30, signups are also open for Continuous CRP and Grassland CRP.

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