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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April 10, 2016 @ 1:41 PM

African American farmers, or dependent* children of African American farmers, with a verifiable farm operation by the USDA Farm Service Agency or Cooperative Extension Service, are eligible for a grant of up to $5,000 for education in college or vocational school programs.  There are other eligibility criteria.  In order for your application to be considered, you must be one of the first 100 applicants to submit your application.  The application site will close on May 2 by 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time or when 100 applications have been submitted, whichever occurs first. Your documents must be mailed and postmarked by May 2, 2016.

For more information see

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November 4, 2015 @ 7:57 AM

"Fresh, Local & Equitable" initiative seeks to foster economic vitality, cultural expression in low-income communities

Kresge will award up to 20 planning grants of up to $75,000 each in the first quarter of 2016 as part of the initiative. Organizations and collaborations that lead food-oriented development initiatives in economically distressed urban neighborhoods are eligible. Planning grants can last up to 12 months. Recipients will participate in a national learning network and also have the opportunity to apply for implementation grants.

For more information visit

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September 3, 2015 @ 5:39 PM

Rental Space Available for Local/Organic Business!

Westwind Milling Co. has been milling certified organic, Michigan grown grains in our historic flour mill for 14 years. We have developed a very loyal clientele, very dedicated to local and organic foods. We are seeking a like minded business in the realm of local/organic food production or service, or a related area, to occupy our former storefront. It is the biggest suite with the most road frontage in our 11,000 sq. ft. building. We are still here, having moved our milling operation to the smaller suite, as our business has evolved to mostly wholesale. There is also a homeschool bookstore in the building, as well. The following are the specifics of our space:

Rental of Main Suite ......

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August 6, 2015 @ 3:13 PM

2016 Application is Available for the Organic Farmer Training Program at the Michigan State University Student Organic Farm.

The Organic Farmer Training Program offers nine months of intensive instruction in year-round organic farming. The program focuses on diversified production of vegetables, livestock, flowers, fruits, and herbs for local markets.  Participants manage all aspects of a 15-acre certified organic farm, including passive solar greenhouses used for year-round production in cold climates. Participants also manage the Student Organic Farm's field and hoophouse production, use equipment, create business and production plans for their future farm businesses, travel around the state to visit dozens of other farm and ...

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