December 2019 USDA and State (VA) Program Opportunities

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. 


USDA Programs:


Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) application deadline Feb 13, 2020.


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 Conservation Collaboration Grants including outreach to historically underserved groups and collaboration on strategic natural resources.  Apply by February 7, 2020.


Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) application deadline is January 23, 2020


Organic Transitions Program (ORG) application deadline is February 27, 2020



Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) signup for the 2020 season is either underway or imminent.  Inquire at your local NRCS district office, or visit the State office web site,