From the USDA:
A total of $2.5
million in grants is now available for projects to educate new and
underserved farmers about more than 20 U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) Farm Service Agency programs that can provide financial, disaster
or technical assistance to the agricultural community.
grants will be awarded to nonprofits and public higher education
institutions that develop proposals to improve farmer education on
topics such as financial training, value-added production,
recordkeeping, property inheritance, and crop production practices.
USDA will conduct four evaluation periods to review applications, with the deadlines of Nov. 20, 2015, Jan. 22, 2015, Mar. 18, 2016, and May 27, 2016.
Awards between $20,000 and $100,000 per applicant will be available.
learn more about the funding solicitation and the related Farm Service
Agency programs, details can be found at www.grants.gov
with the reference number USDA-FSA-CA-2015-001.
For nonprofits and
public institutions of higher education that are considering
participation, an online informational session will be conducted on Sept. 28, 2015. Additional information is posted on the Web at www.fsa.usda.gov/outreach.
funding builds on investments made in rural America over the
past six years and supports programs enacted by the 2014 Farm Bill. For more
information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.