Wisconsin Organic Certification Cost Share Program
Organic farmers are eligible for reimbursement of 75% of their
annual costs up to $750. Learn more and download an application packet on the DATCP website. Applications for fiscal year 2010 certifications (October 1, 2009 - September 30, 2010) are being accepted through October 29, 2010.
Producers First Grant Program - Technical Assistance for Farmers
Small to midsized producers and farmers in need
of technical assistance are encouraged to apply to the Producers First Program.
To participate, producers identify a need for technical assistance and can
receive up to $3,000 to hire a consultant to help address that need.
Examples of technical assistance include but are not limited to: market
development, business and whole farm planning, accounting and financial
organization, packaging and label development, facility planning, data
management, legal services, grant writing, and food safety.
Preference may be
given to producers selling at least 75% of their products to be consumed
within 300 miles of the farm.
Applicants are encouraged to propose joint projects in cooperation with
other producers in need of similar technical assistance. Participants are
required to provide a minimum 10% cost-share toward the technical
The producer may identify a consultant with the experience and expertise
needed to provide the assistance. A list of consultants is available upon
Applicants with a
project that may benefit the local food market sector as well as an
individual farm are encouraged to apply.
Applications to Producers First will be accepted through December 31, 2010. Funded
projects generally begin 6-8 weeks after an application is submitted.
Application materials are available on the DATCP
Contact Keefe Keeley at 608-224-5095 or via email at email@example.com for
WI Dept of Ag, Trade & Consumer
Protection Ag Development
and Diversification (ADD)
The ADD Grant Program invites proposals for
projects that are likely to stimulate Wisconsin's
agricultural economy through the development
and exploration of new value-added products,
new markets, or new technologies in agriculture.
ADD grants are awarded competitively each year, with deadlines generally in mid-March.
For more information, contact Mike Bandli: (608) 224-5136, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the
WI Dept of Ag, Trade & Consumer
The Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative Grant Program (GLCI)
The GLCI is a partnership between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, and private sector agricultural and conservation groups, working together to promote best management practices on Wisconsin private grazing lands. There are three types of grants offered under this program. Grazing grants for education, for research, and
for technical assistance. For more information go the GLCI website or contact Laura Paine, Division of Agricultural Development, (608) 224-5120 or email@example.com.
Buy Local Buy Wisconsin (BLBW)
The BLBW grant program invites pre-proposals
for projects that are likely to stimulate Wisconsin's agricultural
economy by increasing the purchase of Wisconsin grown or produced food
by local food buyers. Pre-proposals will be accepted from individuals,
groups, businesses and organizations involved in Wisconsin agriculture,
agritourism, food retailing, processing, distribution or warehousing.
The 2010 Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grant Manual and pre-proposal template
are available online at http://lists.wi.gov/t/460326/558531/1226/0/. The deadline is August 23, 2010 at 4pm. To learn more contact Teresa
Cuperus at 608-224-5101; datcpBLBW@wi.gov.
assistance to increase
value, demand and
products. AURI is
helping to add value to
match contributions and work with AURI
personnel in developing the value added
project. For more information call (800) 279-5010 or visit the AURI website.
MN Dept of Ag. Sustainable Ag. Demonstration Grant Program (MDA)
This program funds research/demonstration of farming practices that will
promote environmental stewardship/conservation of resources and that
improve profitability and quality of life on farms and in rural areas.
The grant program has up to $30,000 available. In this round of
funding, only proposals that specifically target on-farm research
and demonstration projects for cropping systems, soil fertility
and energy related projects will be considered. We strongly
encourage applicants to work closely with technical advisors (Extension,
SWCD, NRCS, consultants, etc.) to design and carry out the project. Deadline for receiving completed applications at the Minnesota
Department of Agriculture was March 29, 2010. The application packet is available at: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/en/grants/grants/demogrant.aspx or contact the
grant program coordinator Jeanne Ciborowski at 651-201-6217 or Jeanne.Ciborowski@state.mn.us with additional questions.
Minnesota Department of Ag. Conservation Funding Guide
Minnesota is a top state for privately owned farmland set aside or managed to meet conservation goals. Conservation practices on farms can reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, restore wildlife habitat and more.
Conservation practices cost money. Fortunately, there are programs that help many farmers pay for conservation. The MN Dept. of Ag. Conservation Funding Guide helps farmers learn about these ever-changing programs - some offered by the MDA but most by other agencies or organizations.
The Leopold Center offers competitive and
renewable grants for those in the state of Iowa. Check their website for upcoming grants or contact them with
your ideas. Grants are agriculture focused and
cover a wide range of topics including: research,
buy local, and policy. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (515)
Illinois State Conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Ivan Dozier announced Illinois farmers can apply at NRCS offices to have their eligibility verified by November 16 and be considered for the first round of funding selections for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP). While EQIP and WHIP are offered through a continuous signup, NRCS makes periodic funding selections and has scheduled all fiscal year 2013 batching periods.
Through EQIP, NRCS offers financial assistance to install conservation practices. Statewide EQIP practices include, but are not limited to, nutrient management, cover crops, terraces, grassed waterways, manure management facilities, and pasture management. Through WHIP, NRCS offers financial assistance for landowners and operators who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat primarily on private lands and nonindustrial private forest land.
Paula Hingson, NRCS acting assistant state conservationist for programs, says it benefits the producer to complete applications early. “They should have conservation plans developed for the area included in an EQIP contract,” she said. “That’s why it’s important for farmers to get their applications completed early.”
In addition to the November 16th signup date, NRCS established three more signup dates to batch and review applications. The dates are January 18, March 15 and May 17, 2013. Illinois producers interested in either the EQIP or WHIP programs should visit their local USDA office prior to the signup dates and submit an application and have their eligibility verified.
Through EQIP, eligible farmers address soil, water and related natural resource concerns on private agricultural lands. Five percent of EQIP financial assistance dollars are set aside for beginning farmers, and another five percent is reserved for socially disadvantaged farmers. For more information or to apply for an EQIP or WHIP contract, contact your local USDA Service Center or go online to www.il.nrcs.usda.gov.