Current USDA and State (VA) Program Opportunities November 2019

Current USDA and State (VA) Program Opportunities


Virginia Agricultural Best Management Practices Cost-Share Program. $73 million to help farmers implement cover crops, nutrient management, IPM, riparian buffers, fencing to keep livestock out of streams, and more.  Available through June, 2020 or until funds exhausted. Details in July, 2019 e-newsletter and at To apply, visit your Soil and Water Conservation District office. 


Southern SARE On-Farm Research Grant Proposals are due December 6.  This program funds agricultural professionals to conduct on-farm research with one or more producers.  Grants up to $20K for projects up to two years are offered.


Farm to School Grants Request for Applications.  Funding priorities emphasize Indigenous and economically distressed communities that would benefit most from the program.  For more info, visit


Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) includes small grants (up to $20K) for producers to install solar, wind, or energy efficiency infrastructure.  Apply by March 31, 2020.  For more info, visit


NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is open for applications through December 3.  RCPP supports collaborative, innovative endeavors to addres conservation issues.

More info at:  or contact Stacey Bradshaw or Julie Hawkins at Virginia NRCS office, 804-287-1692.


Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) RFA for 2020 open through Feb 13, 2020.


Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational grants.  RFA for 2020 open through March 19.


Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI). RFA for 2020 open through January 23.