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Creative Financing: Producer Grants. Cinda Williams UI Extension Educator. USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. Affecting change by funding competitive grants focused on Sustainable Agricultural Systems. USDA Definition for Sustainable Agriculture:.

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Creative Financing:

Producer Grants

Cinda Williams

UI Extension Educator

usda sustainable agriculture research and education program
USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program

Affecting change by funding competitive grants focused on Sustainable Agricultural Systems

usda definition for sustainable agriculture
USDA Definition for Sustainable Agriculture:
  • Satisfy human food and fiber needs
  • Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends
  • Make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls;
  • Sustain the economic viability of farm operations; and
  • Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole
in short sustainable agriculture is
In short, Sustainable Agriculture is:
  • Economically Viable...If it is not profitable, it is not sustainable...
  • Socially Acceptable...The quality of life of farmers, farm families and farm communities is important...
  • Ecologically Sound...We must preserve the resource base that sustains us all...
western sustainable agriculture research and education program
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program
  • Types of grants:
    • Farmer/Rancher & Professional + Producer Grants
    • Research and Education Grants
    • Professional Development Grants
    • State Implementation Grants
    • Graduate Student Fellow Grants
wsare producer grant criteria
WSARE Producer Grant Criteria
  • Contribute to goals of SARE
  • Farmers as lead
  • Innovative & creative
  • Outreach to other farmers
sare producer grants
SARE Producer Grants
  • How much?
    • One producer - $15,000
    • Three or more - $25,000)
    • How long? (one to three years)
  • How does the money flow?
  • Technical Advisor
    • Extension, NRCS, SCD, etc.)
professionals producers grants
Professionals + Producers Grants
  • How much? (up to $50,000)
  • Minimum of 5 producers
  • How long? (one to three years)
  • Funds go through professional’s institution/agency
funding cycle for producer grants
Funding Cycle for Producer Grants

Next Funding Cycle – CFP in April; Due on December)

Technical Review – January

Funding Approved March

Contracts signed in April/May

what type of projects
What Type of Projects?
  • Define a problem or issue related to improving the sustainability of farms in your area
  • Propose innovative, specific solutions
  • Wide range of topics possible
getting ideas what are other farmers doing
Getting Ideas…What are other farmers doing?
  • Go to the National SARE
  • data base:
  • http://www.sare.org/
  • Go to “Project Reports”
    • Then “Search Database”
goats and weeds salmon idaho
Goats and Weeds: Salmon, Idaho
  • 2001 grant
  • Produces goat meat and cattle and contracts goats to graze noxious weeds.
  • Tested the feasibility of grazing goats to eliminate undesirable forage and open up range.

Bonnie Jensen inspects her goats’ impact on leafy spurge on BLM land east of Salmon.

tracking costs and returns in a transition to grass based dairying
Tracking Costs and Returns in a Transition to Grass-based Dairying
  • Transition of a dairy from: silage/hay mixed ration and supplemental grazing to an

intensively grazed dairy operation

  • 50 acres pasture, 100 head cattle
on farm biodiesel production from waste vegetable oil
On-farm Biodiesel Production From Waste Vegetable Oil
  • Feasibility of a biodiesel production system using vegetable oil waste
  • System tested for quality control and costs of production
  • For use in farm equipment
colorado quality lamb direct marketing to food service establishments
Colorado Quality Lamb: Direct Marketing to Food Service Establishments
  • Increase the marketability of Colorado lamb
  • Develop a model for structuring a local partnership with food suppliers
  • Worked with chefs;
  • developed display and advertising materials
low stress stockmanship school for lemhi county id
Low Stress Stockmanship School for Lemhi County, ID
  • Three day seminar focused on working with livestock to gain control with less stress on animals
  • Potential to reduce pressure on riparian areas by keeping the herd on the uplands
pastured poultry with research on sustainability of grazing lands
Pastured Poultry With Research on Sustainability of Grazing Lands
  • Testing to show that a sustainable chicken operation is viable for the west
  • Looking at the effect on the grass, amount of manure produced, and the required amount of land per numbers of chickens
alternative crops no till field trials
Alternative Crops No-till Field Trials
  • Testing crops that have shown promise in 20 to 80 acre plots (flax, mustard, safflower, oats, and triticale
  • Also testing other crops on small, 1/2 acre plots
for more info on sare
For More Info on SARE

Western Region SARE

http://www.westernsare.org/

National SARE

http://www.sare.org/

value added producer grants
Value-Added Producer Grants
  • USDA Rural Development
  • Who is eligible:
    • Independent Producer
    • Agricultural Producer Group
    • Farmer or Rancher Cooperative
    • Majority-Controlled Producer-Based Business Venture
what is a vapg
What is a VAPG?
  • Value-added activities related to processing and/or marketing
  • Goals:
    • Generating new products
    • Creating and expanding marketing
    • Increasing producer income
amount of funds
Amount of Funds
  • Maximum Grant Amount:
    • $100,000 for planning grants
    • $300,000 for working capital grants
  • In-kind match:
    • Equal to at least the amount requested
2011 idaho value added producer grants
2011 Idaho Value-added Producer Grants
  • Colter's Creek Winery Juliaetta
  • 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards, LLC Eagle
  • Idaho's Bounty Ketchum
  • Moss Produce Rupert
  • Clover Leaf Creamery Buhl
  • Fish Processors Inc. Hagerman
what are the funds used for
What are the funds used for?
  • Economic planning:
    • Conducting feasibility studies
    • Developing business
  • Eligible working capital expenses:
    • Processing costs
    • Marketing and advertising expenses
    • Some inventory and salary expenses
for more information
For more information:

USDA Rural Development

www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_VAPG.html

Idaho Rural Development office:

Wallace Hedrick, State Director

1 (800) 632-5991 (208) 378-5600 www.rurdev.usda.gov/id/

for more information1
For more information:

Contact me:

Cinda Williams

Latah County Extension

cindaw@uidaho.edu