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As part of their Great Lakes Navigator Network, the American Farmland has put together some curriculum materials to help farmers navigate land transfer - both from the land-seller and seeker sides. If you would like access to these materials, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org we will get the most up to date version to you!
The Farmer Cost-Share Program is intended to assist farmers in Washtenaw County with implementing conservation practices. The WCCD cost-share in particular is aimed at assisting with smaller, low-cost projects that can assist farmers in direct ways that will quickly be implemented on the farm
The State of Michigan offers incentives in the form of tax breaks for landowners that meet certain requirements. The PA 116 agreement creates a temporary restriction on the land between the State and a landowner, voluntarily entered into by a landowner, preserving their land for agriculture in exchange for certain tax benefits and exemptions for various special assessments. (commonly known as PA 116).
To succeed in our collective campaign efforts, we are excited to again support organizations in their work to build on or expand grassroots organizing and policy development efforts underway to shape the 2023 Farm bill. Housed at the Regenerative Agriculture Foundation (RAF) and managed by members of an advisory committee including National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, HEAL Food Alliance, Rural Coalition, and National Family Farm Coalition, we are thrilled to be able to offer a second round of funding. We anticipate granting over $350,0000 total in this round of funding; eligible organizations are invited to apply for mini-grants up to $10,000.
The 1990 Farm Bill created the 2501 Program to help underserved farmers, ranchers, and foresters, who have historically experienced limited access to USDA programs and services. The 2014 Farm Bill expanded the 2501 Program to include veterans. The 2501 Program is officially called Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program.
The objective of the 2501 Program is to show USDA’s commitment to ensuring that underserved and veteran farmers, ranchers, and foresters can equitably participate in USDA programs. Grants are awarded to community-based and non-profit organizations, higher education institutions, and eligible Tribal entities with at least 3 years of experience in working with socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers or veteran farmers and ranchers. Individual farmers and ranchers are not eligible to apply for 2501 Program grants.
The Indigenous Animals Harvesting and Meat Processing Grant Program (IAG) is designed to support the priorities of Tribal Nations in meeting the needs of traditional harvesting methods and indigenous animals. This project intends to fund projects which invest in Tribal Nations’ supply chain resiliency, indigenous animals, restoring local indigenous food systems, and indigenous processing methods, and expanding local capacity for the harvesting, processing, manufacturing, storing, transporting, wholesaling, or distribution (communal or commercial) of meat, poultry, seafood, and other animals that provide culturally appropriate food and food security to tribal communities. The primary purpose of all projects must be to expand or enhance indigenous animals and meat processing capacity in Indian Country.