December 2020 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 https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil-and-water/costshar2. To apply, visit your Soil and Water Conservation District office. 

 

USDA Programs:

 

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) application deadline Feb 13, 2020.  http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/14-million-available-to-help-train-the-next-generation-of-farmers/

 

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 https://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/reap-rfp-for-rural-renewable-energy-projects/.

 

NRCS Conservation Collaboration Grants including outreach to historically underserved groups and collaboration on strategic natural resources.  Apply by February 7, 2020.  https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/newsroom/releases/?cid=NRCSEPRD1518614.

 

Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) application deadline is January 23, 2020 https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/organic-agriculture-research-and-extension-initiative.

 

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

ORG: https://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/organic-transitions-org

 

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, https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/va/home/.