[permaculture] Updated Guide to USDA Programs Opens Door to Millions of Dollars of Available Funding

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Updated Guide to USDA Programs Opens Door to Millions of Dollars of Available Funding

 

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The USDA has a wide range of financial assistance programs, but finding the right one can be difficult, complicated further by trying to stay up to date with changes in funding following each Farm Bill. 
 

Thanks to the newly updated guide Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities: A Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems, and Community Development, producers, researchers, nonprofits and landowners can find programs to help them achieve their goals.

 

The 86-page guide covers 63 government programs and has been updated to include programs included in the 2014 Farm Bill. Each listing provides a description of the program's available resources, information on how to apply, and in some cases, examples of how the funding has been used. Additionally, the guide includes basic information on how to design sound projects, find appropriate programs and write grant applications.

 

"Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities provided me with concise, comprehensive, well-organized and user-friendly information on federal grant programs," says Mary Holland, a regional food systems entrepreneur who serves the Upper Midwest.

 

Beginning farmers faced with hefty start-up costs can use the guide to find grants and loans, in addition to technical assistance. Landowners will find opportunities to be compensated for participating in land and energy conservation programs. And experienced producers looking to conduct research to improve agricultural practices can find programs to help foster innovation on their farm.

 

The guide also opens doors for people who have never applied for USDA funding before. "I use this wonderful guide with start-up nonprofits all over the country. The guides are especially valuable because most groups I work with aren't familiar with federal programs. It's great having something that's so concise and also helps people understand how to go and look for additional resources," says Lorna Donaldson, a Tennessee farmer and national sustainable agriculture enterprise consultant.

 

Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities was developed through a partnership between the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI), the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), with support from SARE and other USDA agencies. The guide was first published in 1997 and this is the 4th update.

 

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