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Posted: March 4, 2015 | Location: ,

The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops to protect against natural disasters that result in lower yields or crop losses, or prevent crop planting.  To obtain coverage, producers must sign up in their FSA county office prior to the application closing date, which varies by crop. Producers interested in NAP coverage for organic crops should contact their local FSA county office.  The application deadline for many annually planted crops is March 15, 2015. Click here to learn more

Posted: January 12, 2015 | Location: ,

As funding allows, in 2015 FACT will award scholarships for livestock and poultry farmers to attend select sustainable agriculture or humane farming conferences. As these conferences are a key way that farmers share resources and knowledge with one another, we want to prioritize sending humane livestock farmers to conferences. A limited number of scholarships will be available in 2015 to cover registration expenses to five specific conferences: EcoFarm Conference, Pacific Grove, CA – January 21-25, 2015 PASA Farming for the Future Conference, State College, PA – February 4-7, 2015 OEFFA Annual Conference, Granville, OH – February 14-15, 2015 MOSES Organic Farming Conference, La Crosse, WI – February 26-28, 2015 Southeastern Sustainable Livestock Conference, Atlanta, GA – March 28, 2015 **As of January 9, 2015 limited funding is still available. Inquire at scholarship@foodanimalconcerns.org for additional information.** Who is eligible for a scholarship? Current livestock and poultry farmers who express an intention to learn about humane farming methods at a sustainable agriculture conference are eligible. Farmers must own or be employed by a working, independent family farm. Interns and volunteers are not eligible for a scholarship. How do I apply? Farmers seeking a scholarship should complete a simple application requesting funds to reimburse registration fees. We also require proof of conference registration. Please type directly into the application form, save your work, and email your application materials to scholarship@foodanimalconcerns.org. Applications are also accepted via mail but please keep in mind scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. How large are the scholarships and what do they cover? FACT’s will reimburse up to $400 for expenses associated with conference registration fees. FACT will not reimburse for conference meals, lodging, transportation, membership fees, or pre-conference workshops that are not related to livestock or poultry production. How will decisions be made? Scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis to eligible farmers for one of the five conferences listed above until funding is depleted.   What expectations are there for scholarship recipients? After attending the conference, scholarship recipients will be required to (1) submit photos, (2) complete a short questionnaire, (3) provide a testimonial, and (4) participate in our online forum for humane farmers. Recipients will also be automatically added to our monthly Fund-a-Farmer email listserv. If a scholarship recipient does not attend conference for which they received a scholarship, all funds must immediately be returned to FACT.

Posted: January 12, 2015 | Location: ,

Greetings from Community Foundation Santa Cruz County! Our 2015-2016 scholarship application is now live! DETAILS AND DEADLINES WHAT: Nine scholarships, with a total of fifteen awardees. Awards range from $500 to $2,250, and several of them are renewable for up to three additional years. Please see our website for a complete list of the scholarships and their requirements (http://www.cfscc.org/Scholarships). The Simunovich Family Agricultural Scholarship will be of particular interest to students who plan to major in Agriculture at a four-year college of university. One $2,000 award (renewable up to three additional years) will be given this year. Please see our website for the scholarship’s eligibility requirements. WHO: Any student that meets the eligibility criteria. Students can apply for each scholarship that they qualify for using one application form. HOW: Submitted through the online application portal found here. (Also accessible via http://www.cfscc.org/Scholarships/ApplyNow.aspx) There is a video tutorial on our website to assist students with the application.  WHEN: By midnight on Sunday, March 8th. STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PLAN AHEAD! The application requires: Copies of transcripts from each high school the student has attended; Class rank information from a school administrator; Student appraisals from a teacher/counselor; and Financial information provided by the parents/guardians.

Posted: January 5, 2015 | Location: Willits, California

Apply now to be one of the first students of an emerging hub for sustainable agricultural education! The Grange Farm School is dedicated to teaching the next generation of responsible, innovative, and successful farmers. We are strong believers in experiential education, and our Practicum Student Program is built upon that philosophy. A combination of hands-on field work instruction with rigorous academic curriculum provide an environment for students to learn the foundations of integrated crops and livestock operations, business management, industrial arts, sustainable technologies and ecological restoration. The school is located on the 5,000 acre Ridgewood Ranch in Mendocino County, and students in the first few years have the exciting opportunity to collaborate with staff on infrastructure development of a working farm. Students will be developing 6 acres for cultivation and pasture, working with a 2 acre orchard, building facilities for the farm, marketing produce, meat and eggs, and creating sample business plans, research proposals, or grant applications. Experts and mentors in various fields are available for students to focus on an individual area of interest and field trips will expand the perspectives we all have on the many methods of achieving sustainable food production. This program is designed to allow for independent, project oriented individuals an opportunity to test out theories and methods while envisioning their future in farming. Three terms, each lasting three months, will be offered in 2015, and students are encouraged to apply for multiple terms. The first term a student completes will provide foundational curriculum needed to demonstrate the full spectrum of skills and focuses necessary to achieving success. Upon completion of the first term, students will have developed a proposal for a design-build project, research topic, or business opportunity. This will turn into the student’s Capstone Project in their second or third term, allowing students to take charge and develop a project of their own. Creativity and hard work are essential for this emerging generation of farmers, and the Capstone Project is an excellent way to begin experimenting with leadership and accountability. Apply January 15th for the March-May term, April 1st for the June-August term, or July 1st for the September-November term. Each term will feature the same basic foundational curriculum, with an emphasis on the seasonality of the farm. Tuition is $2,000 for one 3-month term, and $1,000 for room and board if the student chooses to live on-site. Scholarships are available, and we encourage students to apply regardless of financial constraints. To download the application and learn more about this program, visit www.GrangeFarmSchool.org, and go to the Practicum Student Program page. For more information, please contact us at manager@grangefarmschool.org Thank you for your interest in the Grange Farm School, we look forward to collaborating with students in developing this beautiful farm.

Posted: December 18, 2012 | Location: Pajaro River Watershed, California

The Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County (RCDSCC) is offering technical and financial assistance to improve efficiency of crop irrigation systems and nutrient applications. Growers throughout the Pajaro River Watershed (Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara) are eligible for one or all of the following services and reports: Evaluation of existing irrigation system efficiency Assessment of water and nutrient management practices Development or modification of crop specific irrigation and fertilization management strategies Implemention of improved irrigation and nutrient management practices The process starts with contacting the RCDSCC to schedule a meeting in the field. Para información en español, favor de llamar al (831) 359-1990.