Working Farms News

A few weeks left to apply for USDA Farm Service Agency loan funds in all categories!

Are you looking to obtain financing to purchase a farm or make improvements to the farm you currently own? Do you need to purchase livestock or a piece of equipment? Do you know someone else who needs financing? The Farm Service Agency makes and guarantees loans to family farmers to start, purchase and expand their farm operations. You can find out more about all of the types of loans we have available (all on one sheet believe it or not!) by clicking here.
Call your local FSA office today to get additional information – we look forward to discussing your financing needs.
You can find contact information for your local FSA office here: http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app;jsessionid=666BEAA679DB5FAB18D9B5FC1619853B?service=action/1/CountyMap/1/NavBar.HomeLink

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Conservation Reserve Program and CRP Transitions Incentive Program

Farmers, ranchers, and landowners can enroll sensitive lands in CRP, which pays annual rental to farmers in exchange for removing those lands from ag production. CRP Transitions Incentives Program pays retiring farmers up to 2 extra years of rental payments for transitioning CRP lands to a beginning farmer or rancher or socially disadvantaged group. Signup is continuous. More info here: http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/crp-tip-announcement/

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Conservation Stewardship Program Renewals

Anyone who enrolled in CSP in 2010, you can re-enroll your farm, from now until September 12, 2014. Re-enrolling is much easier than re-applying because it is non-competitive and much simpler. For those wanting to enroll for the first time, you can submit an application at any time. The cutoff date for 2015 contracts will be sometime this fall. For more info, visit your local NRCS office and read NSAC’s blog post: http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/csp-renewals/

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2501 (Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers)

$9.1 million in grant funding is now available through 2501 to support outreach and technical assistance for underserved farmers – including minority, tribal, and veteran producers! The application period is only open for 30 days – until August 25, 2014 at 5pm ET – so it’s time to act fast if you plan to apply. Get the details here: http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/2501-2014-funding-announcement/

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National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP)

$13 million from the 2014 Farm Bill is now available for NOCCSP! To receive cost share assistance, organic producers and handlers must contact their State agencies for guidelines and requirements for reimbursement. Get the details here: http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/organic-cost-share-available/

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National Grid Announces New Residential Agricultural Discount Program

The Residential Agricultural Discount Program is an electricity rate discount applied to the electricity delivery charge, available beginning September 1, 2014, to eligible National Grid residential agricultural customers, as a result of funding through the New York Power Authority (NYPA) ReCharge New York program.
For more information, click here. To download an application, click here.

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NYS Farmland Protection Funds Available For The First Time in Five Years

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the availability of $20.5 million to aid farmland protection efforts and help prevent viable agricultural land from being converted to non-agricultural use. Eligible entities, including municipalities, counties, soil and water conservation districts (SWCD) and not-for-profit conservation organizations/land trusts, can apply for individual grants under the Round 13 Farmland Protection Implementation Grants Request for Proposals (RFP). 

Contact Marissa Codey if you are interested in exploring these options.

Information on Farmland Protection Implementation Grants (FPIG)

Request For Proposals (RFP)

  • Webinar for Potential Applicants – Request For Proposals  (Content of each is identical; select best date/time for your participation.)

Request For Applications (RFA) – from Municipalities to remove unreasonable restrictions from municipal land use and subdivision regulations, zoning, and site plan requirements pertaining to agricultural land and farm operations,AND/OR establish an implementation-ready Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program for farmland protection.

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