May 25, 2017 @ 4:08 PM

The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is pleased to offer another round of Michigan Local Food Council Network Seed Grants.  Existing and developing Michigan local food or food policy councils are eligible to apply for grants of up to $5,000, or $6,000 with matching funds.  These seed grants provide a source for existing councils to expand their capacity and newly-forming councils to accelerate their development. The grant program also aims to increase connection and opportunities for peer-to-peer learning among councils through participation in the Michigan Local Food Council Network.  For complete details, see the request for proposals at

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April 12, 2017 @ 11:56 PM

The CCOF Foundation gives grants to higher education and vocational students pursuing organic agriculture programs, to help with tuition and educational expenses. Applicants must be enrolled in educational programs in the United States that will benefit their careers in organic agriculture, including vocational training/certificate programs, junior college/two-year degree programs, and bachelor's/four-year undergraduate degrees. Up to 33 awards of $2,500 are available.  More information here.  Application deadline is May 15, 2017.

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April 12, 2017 @ 11:14 PM

With SARE's newly revised bulletin How to Conduct Research on Your Farm or Ranch, farmers have a new resource available to help them conduct research and improve their practices.  The 32-page technical bulletin will introduce you to the purpose and goals of on-farm research and show you how on-farm research works on real farms. If you are exploring on-farm research for the first time and want to get an idea of what is involved, this publication will introduce you to the basic steps.  Free download or order a free print copy.

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April 12, 2017 @ 11:05 PM

Which U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies have programs that are tailored to meet the needs of diversified farming operations, organic growers, or beginning farmers? What resources are available for small- and mid-sized growers looking to reach expanding regional markets, and where can you find them? For most people, even many farmers and ranchers, the answers to these questions remain elusive. In 2016 the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) partnered with USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) to produce a one-stop guide to USDA services for family farmers and ranchers. Growing Opportunity: A Guide to USDA Sustainable Farming Programs is a free resource that is now available online as well as in FSA’s 2,600 ......

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December 12, 2016 @ 7:09 PM

With two months of the Federal fiscal year already underway, agricultural grant program deadlines are cropping up quickly, and many are expiring just as fast. In an effort to help farmers and advocates stay up to date with the deadlines and requirements of these Requests For Application (RFA) notices, NSAC has its RFA Roundup blog with details on new and already expired opportunities.

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December 12, 2016 @ 10:14 AM

  • Do you have farming experience or strong gardening background?
  • Are you interested in growing for market and starting your own business?
  • Do you have the time and energy to be a farmer, but lack the resources?

Lansing Roots Incubator Farm Recruitment Sessions

Monday, December 12           6:30 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 17        1:00 – 3:00 pm
919 Filley St. Lansing, 48906

Lansing Roots Online Application
.  If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Program Manager Ben Sommers. or 517.853.7813

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November 14, 2016 @ 11:36 PM

Livestock and Poultry Farmers: Apply for a Fund-a-Farmer grant today!

Are you a livestock or poultry farmer who wants to improve animal welfare on your operation? You may be eligible to receive a Fund-a-Farmer grant from FACT! FACT will award grants of up to $2,500 for two types of projects: Animal Welfare Certification Projects and Pasture Improvement Projects. Check out the grant guidelines for the full details and apply online! Applications are due by November 21, so don’t delay. FACT is also offering a free online Q&A session to help farmers with their applications on November 15. We look forward to receiving your application!

Larissa McKenna
Humane Farming Program Director
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT)
ph. (773) 525-...

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November 14, 2016 @ 11:17 PM

New Grasslands Conservation Opportunity for Small Dairy Operations

On Friday, November 4, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), which administers CRP, announced that up to 200,000 acres would be reserved for the enrollment of small, grass-based dairy operations that have 100 or fewer head of dairy cows. Operations that meet this and the general eligibility criteria for CRP Grasslands can apply to enroll up to 200 acres of grass. See our Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs for full eligibility information and other program details.

The deadline for smaller-scale dairy operations to sign up for this new opportunity is December 16, 2016. However, successful applicants will not actually be enrolled in the program until ......

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September 17, 2016 @ 4:45 PM

On September 13, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Office of Community Food Systems released a request for applications (RFA) for up to $5 million in grant funds.

Since 2012, the Farm to School Grant Program, administered by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), has provided $5 million in grants each year on a competitive basis to schools, nonprofits, state and local agencies, agricultural producers, and Indian tribal organizations to increase local food procurement for school meal programs and to expand educational activities on agriculture and food.

This year’s announcement invites proposals for the funding available for fiscal year 2017. Four different types of grant categories are available for this latest ...

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April 10, 2016 @ 2:10 PM

The MI Farm to School Grant Program is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year! With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems will award roughly 20 Michigan K-12 schools/districts and early childhood programs with funds to plan for or implement farm to school programs that focus on purchasing and utilizing local foods. Grants are available for up to $2,000 in funding per program, however sites serving a smaller number of children are encouraged to apply for funding adequate to their needs. The grant year is September 6, 2016 – June 7, 2017.

The MI Farm to School Grant Program offers Planning and Implementation grants to eligible applicants. Schools/districts and early ...

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