USDA Program Funding Opportunities and Information Resources:
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup closes February 28. For more on EQIP, visit https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/va/home/, open the drop-down menu for Programs and click on “financial assistance” to find the EQIP page. For more information on CRP, see NSAC blog post Dec 18, 2019:
Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) is accepting applications through March 5 for proposals to create or expand value added producer-owned businesses. For more information, see the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s updated Farmers’ Guide to VAPG, available at our publications page: https://sustainableagriculture.net/publications/, and the NSAC blog post at https://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/37-million-value-added-producer-grant-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 https://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/reap-rfp-for-rural-renewable-energy-projects/.
Organic Transitions Program (ORG) application deadline is February 27, 2020
Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has updated its Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs, based on the numerous wins and other changes in the 2018 Farm bill. Available at: https://sustainableagriculture.net/publications/grassrootsguide/.
State Program Funding Opportunity
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.