Calendar

Aug
5
Fri
CLEAR30 Signup (deadline)
Aug 5 all-day
CLEAR30 Signup (deadline)

The deadline for signups to USDA’s CLEAR30 program is August 5, 2022.  Two related programs – the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program, and the Clean Lakes, Estuaries, and Rivers (CLEAR) program – are also accepting signups on an ongoing basis.

All of these programs operate in the same way, by paying farmers to adopt specific conservation practices.

Unlike the main Conservation Reserve Program, which has specific signup deadlines for each round of funding, the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program accepts signups on an ongoing basis year-round.

Within the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program, the Clean Lakes, Estuaries, and Rivers (CLEAR) program targets specific conservation practices aimed at improving water quality. Eligible practices include grass waterways, filter strips, riparian buffers, prairie strips, contour grass strips, bioreactors, and wetland restoration and buffers.

A separate subprogram, CLEAR30, is a new pilot program created to promote longer-term water quality buffer agreements. Through CLEAR30, farmers and landowners with expiring CRP contracts can re-enroll such buffers with a new 30-year contract to continue the practices.

The deadline for signups to CLEAR30 is August 5, with contracts going into effect on October 1. Farmers and landowners interested in signing up for any of these programs should contact their local USDA Service Center. Detailed information is also available on the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s blog.

Aug
9
Tue
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Aug 9 @ 9:00 am
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center | Poteau | Oklahoma | United States

Please note that, in cooperation with efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Kerr Center is currently offering tours by appointment only, and only outdoors. To request a tour, please contact us at least two weeks in advance by calling 918.647.9123 or emailing mailbox@kerrcenter.com (please put “public tour” in subject line).

(Under normal circumstances, guided tours are available one day each month, on the second Tuesday, April through September.)  During these tours, Kerr Center staff show visitors our current horticulture and livestock projects.

Tours go from 9-11 or 1-3 (approximate length),  and cost $10 per person.

Advance registration is required. Contact us a week in advance to let us know you are coming and whether you want to see horticulture or livestock projects or both.

Keep in mind that what is available to see varies according to season. When you call, we can let you know what is available to see. We want you to have the best possible experience!

Pay at the door. Tours begin at the Kerr Center office.

Click here for directions and map.

All other visits must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Groups are welcome.

Call the Kerr Center at 918.647.9123 or email mailbox@kerrcenter.com with “tour request” in the subject line to arrange a visit.

Aug
11
Thu
Soil Health Institute Annual Meeting @ online
Aug 11 – Aug 12 all-day
Soil Health Institute Annual Meeting @ online

“Scaling Up Soil Health” is the theme for the Soil Health Institute’s 7th annual meeting, to be held virtually on August 11.

Over the course of two days, an abundance of practical information, research, and actionable takeaways will be offered that is relevant to farmers, agribusiness, consultants, scientists, field conservationists, government, and non-governmental professionals around the world.

Plenary sessions will address:

  • Farmers’ Experiences with Regenerative Soil Health Systems
  • Engaging Commodities for Scaling Regenerative Soil Health Systems
  • Climate Change Mitigation through Soil Health: Integrating Local to Global Initiatives
  • SHI’s Recommended Measurements for Scaling Soil Health Assessments: Scientific Basis and Practical Application
  • Creating Impactful Learning Opportunities in Soil Health Education Programs

Each day, sessions will run from 10 a.m. to noon EDT, break for an hour, then resume from 1-3 p.m. EDT.

Registration is free, but required to participate.

For more information or to register, visit the meeting webpage or contact Byron Rath by email or phone (919-230-0343).

Sep
1
Thu
Composting and Food Waste Reduction (CFWR) Pilot Project (application deadline)
Sep 1 @ 10:59 pm
Composting and Food Waste Reduction (CFWR) Pilot Project (application deadline)

USDA’s Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production is accepting applications for the Composting and Food Waste Reduction (CFWR) Pilot Project until September 1, 2022.

This program provides financial assistance to municipalities, school districts, counties, local governments, and Tribal governments to develop and test strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste reduction plans. Projects can be located in all community types, including rural, urban, and suburban.

Implementation activities will increase access to compost for agricultural producers, improve soil quality, and encourage innovative, scalable waste management plans that reduce and divert food waste from landfills.

For more information or to apply, visit the program webpage, or contact Melanie Krizmanich by email or phone (202-572-5805).

Sep
13
Tue
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Sep 13 @ 9:00 am
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center | Poteau | Oklahoma | United States

Please note that, in cooperation with efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Kerr Center is currently offering tours by appointment only, and only outdoors. To request a tour, please contact us at least two weeks in advance by calling 918.647.9123 or emailing mailbox@kerrcenter.com (please put “public tour” in subject line).

(Under normal circumstances, guided tours are available one day each month, on the second Tuesday, April through September.)  During these tours, Kerr Center staff show visitors our current horticulture and livestock projects.

Tours go from 9-11 or 1-3 (approximate length),  and cost $10 per person.

Advance registration is required. Contact us a week in advance to let us know you are coming and whether you want to see horticulture or livestock projects or both.

Keep in mind that what is available to see varies according to season. When you call, we can let you know what is available to see. We want you to have the best possible experience!

Pay at the door. Tours begin at the Kerr Center office.

Click here for directions and map.

All other visits must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Groups are welcome.

Call the Kerr Center at 918.647.9123 or email mailbox@kerrcenter.com with “tour request” in the subject line to arrange a visit.

Sep
22
Thu
Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) Cooperative Agreements (Deadline)
Sep 22 @ 10:59 pm
Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) Cooperative Agreements (Deadline)

September 22 is the deadline to apply for Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) Cooperative Agreements through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

The goal of this funding opportunity is for NRCS, in collaboration with a diverse set of partners, including historically underserved farmers and ranchers and their organizations, to expand the delivery of conservation technical assistance to support grazing planning and conservation practice implementation and monitoring, conferences and other education, demonstrations, producer networks, workforce training, research and outreach projects to improve agricultural resilience.

Eligible applicants include Native American tribal governments and organizations, nonprofits, farmer or rancher organizations, state and local conservation governmental agencies, and land grant universities, among others.

Applicants must submit their applications through Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on 09/22/2022. For technical issues with Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726 or support@grants.gov.

For more information or to apply, visit the grant application webpage on grants.gov, or contact Jeffrey Jacobs by email or phone (202-720-1222).

Sep
23
Fri
Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP) (deadline)
Sep 23 all-day
Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP) (deadline)

Proposals to the USDA NRCS Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP) are due September 23, 2022. Eligible partners include Tribes, state and local governments and non-government organizations. WREP partners are required to contribute a financial or technical assistance fund match.

WREP is part of the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Through WREP projects, eligible conservation partners protect, restore and enhance high-priority wetlands on agricultural lands. WREP enables effective integration of wetland restoration on working agricultural landscapes, providing meaningful benefits to farmers and ranchers who enroll in the program and to the communities where the wetlands exist.

For more information or to apply, consult the NRCS press release, or contact Gary O’Neill by email or phone (405-742-1204).

Oct
14
Fri
CRP Transition Incentives Program (CRP TIP) (deadline)
Oct 14 @ 10:59 pm

October 14, 2022, is the deadline for applications to partner with the USDA Farm Service Agency on the Conservation Reserve Program Transition Incentives Program (CRP TIP).

TIP provides financial incentives to CRP participants with expiring contracts, if they sell or rent the land to a beginning producer, veteran farmer or rancher, or a producer from a socially disadvantaged group.

FSA is making available up to $4.5 million in funding and expects to make awards to 15 to 20 partner and stakeholder organizations to conduct outreach and provide technical assistance to promote awareness and understanding of CRP TIP among agricultural communities, in particular those who are military veterans, new to farming, or historically underserved.

Eligible stakeholders include Federally-recognized Indian tribal organizations, State governments, local governments, nonprofit organizations, and higher education institutions. Interested stakeholders may submit one-to-two-year proposals, and must submit their applications via Grants.gov by October 14, 2022.

For more information or to apply, read the USDA press release, or contact Melanie Krizmanich by email or phone (202-572-5805).

Oct
25
Tue
Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs (application deadline)
Oct 25 all-day
Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs (application deadline)

October 25 is the final day to apply for grant funding from the USDA NIFA Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs (SBIR/SBTT).

The USDA SBIR/STTR programs focus on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit. Unlike fundamental research, the USDA SBIR/STTR programs support small businesses in the creation of innovative, disruptive technologies and enable the application of research advancements from conception into the market. The STTR program aims to foster technology transfer through formal cooperative R&D between small businesses and nonprofit research institutions.

Projects dealing with agriculturally-related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies are encouraged across all SBIR/STTR topic areas.

For more information or to apply, visit the program webpage, or contact Melinda Coffman by email or phone (816-854-0299).

Oct
27
Thu
National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Congreso @ Albuquerque, NM
Oct 27 – Oct 29 all-day
National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Congreso @ Albuquerque, NM

National Latino Farmers and Ranchers (NLFR) is hosting its 3rd Annual National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Congreso in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The theme for this year’s conference is “This is Our Land: Our Land Stewardship Legacy.”

The event brings agricultural stakeholders together to share agricultural best practices, Farm Bill resolutions, and climate-smart policy updates to support underserved producers in achieving more sustainable food and agricultural systems.

This congreso will address the challenges of establishing a stable labor force, disaster assistance and support, farmer and rancher debt relief, combating wildfires, conservation, the organic transition process, environmental justice, and steps to resolve the consequences created by the climatic crisis.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website, or contact Rudy Arredondo by email or phone (202-628-8833).

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