Current USDA and State (VA) Program Opportunities. October 2019

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 Producer Grant Proposals are due November 15.  Grants, up to $15K for individuals and $20K for organizations, support producers to research and develop sustainable, practical solutions to production challenges.


Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) offers funding for on-farm renewable energy (solar, wind, biomass, other) or energy efficiency improvement, including small grants (up to $20K) for producers.  Two application periods close on Oct 31 and March 31.  For more info, visit


NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is open for applications through December 3.  RCPP supports farmer organizations and coops, universities, and state/local governments in collaborative, innovative endeavors to address regional conservation issues.

More info at:  For more on state RCPP in Virginia, 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.