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Due June 12th: Applications for NIFA Grant Funding for Farmer & Rancher Outreach, Training & Technical Assistance

Posted on: April 11, 2014

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture released the 2014 Request for Applications for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. Applications are due June 12.

Organizations can apply for grants to provide education, training, technical assistance and outreach for U.S. farmers, ranchers, and managers of non-industrial private forest land. Priority will be given to projects that are partnerships and collaborations led by or including non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, and school-based agricultural educational organizations with expertise in new agricultural producer training and outreach. Approximately $19.2 million is available for 2014 awards.

NIFA is hosting two webinars for interested applicants, on April 30 and May 6 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

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Register for April 3rd ASDWA-GWPC Webinar on Working with Conservation Districts

Posted on: March 24, 2014

ASDWA and GWPC will conduct a webinar to showcase the new Source Water Collaborative Toolkit and share state source water program experiences from Minnesota and Nebraska in developing relationships and working with their conservation district partners. Please encourage your colleagues to participate. This webinar is ideal for state drinking water, ground water, clean water, and agriculture programs, EPA Regions, and other interested stakeholders.

The free webinar is scheduled for Thursday, April 3rd 1:00 – 2:30 PM EDT. Find information about the presenters and register for the webinar here.

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Register for March 6th Webinar on Grant Opportunity: NRCS Spring 2014 Conservation Partners Program (RFP due 4/17)

Posted on: March 4, 2014

Conservation Partners will fund organizations to partner with NRCS field offices to deliver technical assistance for high priority conservation objectives. The full news release with details on the RFP is available here. A webinar for applicants will be available on March 6, 2014, from 2:30-3:30 PM, EST. An overview of the program priorities, application process and question and answer period will be offered. Please register here.

Conservation Partners is a collaborative effort between USDA’s NRCS, NWFW and other regional/initiative-specific partners. The purpose of the partnership is to provide grants on a competitive basis to increase technical assistance capacity to implement three programs: NRCS’s Landscape Conservation Initiatives, NFWF’s Keystone Initiatives, and the NRCS-U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnership – Working Lands for Wildlife.

Eligible applicants include: non-profit 501(c) organizations, farmer and commodity-led organizations, educational institutions, tribal governments, and state or local units of governments (e.g. state agricultural and/or conservation agencies, counties, townships, cities, conservation districts, utility districts, drainage districts, etc.). Individuals, federal government agencies and for-profit entities are NOT eligible for grants under this program.

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