Category: Agriculture

$550 Million Up For Grabs in 2020 From the USDA to Get High-Speed Broadband Infrastructure to Rural America

USDA to Make $550 Million in Funding Available in 2020 to Deploy High-Speed Broadband Internet Infrastructure in Rural America

*Press Release*

STANTON, Iowa, Dec. 12, 2019 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the availability of a second round of $550 million in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Reconnect Pilot Program funding appropriated by Congress. The application window for this round of funding is set to open Jan. 31, 2020. Secretary Perdue made the announcement alongside Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds while congratulating the Farmers Mutual Telephone Company of Stanton, Iowa, for receiving $6.4 million in first-round Reconnect Pilot Program funding to connect 477 households, 35 farms and 21 businesses in Montgomery and Page counties.

“This second round of ReConnect funding will help USDA be an even stronger partner in closing the digital divide in America’s rural communities,” Secretary Perdue said. “Our core mission at USDA is to increase rural prosperity through boosting economic opportunity in rural America. We know that rural communities need robust, modern infrastructure to thrive, and that includes having access to broadband e-Connectivity. Under the leadership of President Trump and in cooperation with Congressional appropriators, USDA is proud to partner with rural communities to deploy this critical infrastructure, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.” Continue reading “$550 Million Up For Grabs in 2020 From the USDA to Get High-Speed Broadband Infrastructure to Rural America”

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Agricultural Producers and Small Rural Businesses Develop and Market New Products

*Press Release*

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to help farmers, ranchers and producer-based businesses nationwide develop new products and expand marketing
opportunities. Continue reading “USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Agricultural Producers and Small Rural Businesses Develop and Market New Products”

Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative

New Grant Announced for Organic Farmers From the USDA

*Press Release*

The Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) seeks to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities. The purpose of this program is to fund projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Priority concerns include biological, physical, and social sciences, including economics. The OREI is particularly interested in projects that emphasize research, education and outreach that assist farmers and ranchers with whole farm planning by delivering practical research-based information. Projects should plan to deliver applied production information to producers. Fieldwork must be done on certified organic land or on land in transition to organic certification, as appropriate to project goals and objectives. Refer to the USDA National Organic Program for organic production standards.

Who Is Eligible to Apply:

1862 Land-Grant Institutions, 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, 1994 Land-Grant Institutions, For-profit Organizations Other Than Small Businesses, Other or Additional Information (See below), Private Institutions of Higher Ed, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, State Controlled Institutions of Higher Ed

More on Eligibility:

The following entities are eligible: 1. State agricultural experiment stations; 2. colleges and universities; 3. university research foundations; 4. other research institutions and organizations; 5. Federal agencies; 6. national laboratories; 7. private organizations or corporations; 8. individuals who are United States citizens or nationals; or 9. any group consisting of 2 or more of the entities described in subparagraphs (1) through (8).

Posted Date:

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

For More Information Contact:

Mathieu Ngouajio

Closing Date:

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Contact for Electronic Access Problems:

electronic@usda.gov(link sends e-mail)

Funding Opportunity Number:

USDA-NIFA-ICGP-007012

CFDA number:

10.307

Abstracts of Funded Projects:

Read the Abstracts(link is external)

Previous fiscal year(s) RFA:
Estimated Total Program Funding:

$20,000,000

Percent of Applications Funded:
16%
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:

100%

Range of Awards:

$50,000 – $2,000,000

APPLY FOR GRANT HERE