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USDA will help cover certification and education expenses to agricultural producers who are certified organic or transitioning to organic.
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Be thankful at Thanksgiving for the farmers and ranchers who grow the food we eat, despite the fact that it' been an unusual year... again!
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The November 2021 issue of Field Notes covers soil health, small-scale meat plants, support for organic/transitioning operations, and more! Read on!
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A new guide to setting up a small-scale meat processing facility, So You Want to Start a Meat Plant?, is available free online.
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The National Center for Appropriate Technology has released a series of 19 videos from its inaugural Soil Health Innovations Conference.
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Events/Training

Nov
30
Tue
Risk Management and Crop Insurance Options for Small Farms (webinar) @ online
Nov 30 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Risk Management and Crop Insurance Options for Small Farms (webinar) @ online

Join this free webinar series to learn about risk management and crop insurance options for small farms from NCAT experts.

Nov. 10 – Diversified Nursery & Fruit Orchard, with Guy Ames
Nov. 18 – Diversified Livestock Farm, with Jeremy Prater
Nov. 30 – Diversified Livestock and Vegetable Farm, with Travis Appel

For more information or to register, visit the event webpage, or contact Margo Hale by email or phone (406-494-4572).

Dec
3
Fri
Southern IPM Grants Program (application deadline)
Dec 3 @ 4:00 pm
Southern IPM Grants Program (application deadline)

The deadline to apply for 2022 Southern IPM Grants is Monday, December 3, 2021 at 5 PM EST.

An annual competitive grants program, Southern IPM Grants regionally address global food security challenges including invasive species, endangered species, pest resistance, and impacts resulting from regulatory actions. A competitive process is used each year to solicit and select projects for funding.

Funding Categories

  • Seed Projects
  • Capstone Projects
  • Working Groups (New or Continuing)

Funding Amounts
Targeted total funding for all Seed, Capstone, and Working Group projects is $250,000. Most projects are limited to $30,000, although in special circumstances, IPM Working Group proposals may qualify for up to $40,000 per proposal.

For more information or to apply, visit the program website, or email Roger Magarey .

Dec
6
Mon
8th National Grazing Lands Conference @ Myrtle Beach, SC
Dec 6 – Dec 9 all-day
8th National Grazing Lands Conference @ Myrtle Beach, SC

The National Grazing Lands Conference promotes grazing land sustainability by bringing together hundreds of land managers from across the nation for education and technological advancements. Attendees will have the opportunity to gain the latest information in scientific and applied research, and practical, workable applications for building partnerships. The conference will focus on management methods that are successful in bridging agricultural needs with environmental and social benefits.

The 8th National Grazing Lands Conference will provide many opportunities including:

  • A forum for discussion and exchange of information and technology
  • An opportunity to identify research and program needs
  • Exhibits, displays, and samples of new products and services
  • A chance to listen to world-renowned featured speakers including:
  • Allen Williams: A 6th generation family farmer and founding partner of Grass Fed Insights, LLC, Understanding Ag, LLC and the Soil Health Academy. Allen has consulted with over 4,000 farmers and ranchers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America, and other countries, on operations ranching from a few acres to over a million acres.
  • Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson (invited): A descendant of a long line of dairy farmers, Representative Thompson is a proud and active member of the House Agriculture Committee. He represents Pennsylvania’s Fifteenth District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Meredith Ellis: A 2nd generation rancher on her family ranch in Rosston, TX, Meredith passionately believes in ranching’s ability to provide nutritious food to a growing population while leaving habitat and natural ecosystems intact.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website, or contact Monti Golla by email or phone (979-777-9779).

Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference @ Cincinnati, OH
Dec 6 – Dec 9 all-day
Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference @ Cincinnati, OH

The annual Eco-Ag Conference unites farmers, ranchers and ag professionals from every facet of eco-farming to share their experience and expertise. Beginning and generational farmers running sustainable farms – as well as those in transition from conventional to organic – will walk away with useful, practical information that they can apply to their operations right away.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website, or contact Acres U.S.A. by email or phone (970-392-4464).

Dec
7
Tue
America’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative Targeted Small Grants Program (application deadline)
Dec 7 @ 10:59 pm
America’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative Targeted Small Grants Program (application deadline)

America’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative is offering funding through a Targeted Small Grants Program (TSG Program). At least $4 million is available for grants for innovative fresh food retail and food system enterprises that seek to improve access to healthy food in underserved areas.

More information about the program, including eligibility criteria, is described in the Request for Applications (RFA). The RFA explains the process for applying to this grant, and lists all of the application questions applicants will need to answer.  Please download and read the RFA before applying.

Download the RFA

The 2021 TSG Program has a two-phase application process.

The first phase of applying to this grant is to submit an LOI. The LOI submission includes applicant information, project location(s), grant budget request, and a brief project summary describing the community needs, project team background, proposed project and business model, and project timeline.

Reinvestment Fund will review all LOIs to determine if the proposed project is eligible for the program.  Eligible projects will be invited to submit a full application.

LOIs must be submitted through Reinvestment Fund’s online grants portal.  Eligible applicants will be invited through the online grants portal to submit their application through the portal.

An informational webinar was held on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 from 2 – 3 PM ET.  The webinar included a walk-through of how to apply online using the grants portal, as well as an overview of information about the HFFI Targeted Small Grants program opportunity and application. Interested applicants can view the webinar recording at: https://bit.ly/HFFIWebinar101321.

For more information or to apply, visit the application webpage, or contact Molly Hartman by email or phone (215-574-5862).

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