USDA is accepting applications for a total of $23 million in funding for its Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) to support the promotion and expansion of local and regional food systems. Applications are due June 18, 2019
USDA is currently accepting applications for its Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program to develop and offer education, training, outreach and mentoring programs to enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers. A total of $14 million is available, and applications are due May 16, 2019.
USDA is currently accepting applications for the Acer Access and Development Program for efforts to promote the domestic United States maple syrup industry. The maximum award is $500,000 with $4 million in total funding. Application deadline is May 10, 2019.
Here are the topics that will be included. Check back for additions and the full schedule in the next few days, and register by March 31st for the early registration rate.
Discounted registration is available for the Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit through March 31st. We are also accepting scholarship applications through March 25th, but scholarships will not cover travel and are intended for those who would otherwise be unable to attend.
USDA’s Rural Development is currently accepting applications for its Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) to assist with the development and expansion of small businesses in rural areas. Application deadline is March 29, 2019.