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USDA is Offering $10.5 Million in Funding To Promote and Expand Farmers Markets

Apr 4, 2024 1:59:41 PM / by Mari Crocitto posted in News, Hot Grants

“When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.”
–Daniel Webster

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), under the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is offering approximately $10.5 million in funds to domestic entities owned, operated and located within the 50 U.S. states and its territories that sell their agricultural products at farmers markets. The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), compared to the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP), focuses on promoting direct-to-consumer or direct producer-to-institutional activities.  

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USDA Allocating Over $30,000,000 to Help Farmers and Ranchers Create Value-Added Products

Feb 7, 2024 9:29:02 AM / by Mari Crocitto posted in News, Hot Grants

According to Oregon State University, value-added products are “raw or pre-processed commodities whose value has been increased through the addition of ingredients or processed that make them more attractive to the buyer and/or readily usable by the consumer.” 1 Through this grant program, the USDA aims to assist various agricultural product producers in the creation and production of new consumer products. 

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U.S. Mission to Japan Opening Competition to Integrate Issues of Social Importance to the United States, Japan, and Indo-Pacific Region Through Video Games

Feb 7, 2024 9:28:27 AM / by Mari Crocitto posted in News, Hot Grants

Video games, according to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), are one of the most beloved pastimes in the United States, keeping over 62 percent of adults and 76 percent of kids engaged through various gaming mediums (mobile, console, PC, VR, etc).1 Also, a majority of players have stated the various benefits of playing video games, including expanding social circles through a welcoming and inclusive environment, introducing people to new friends and relationships, creating accessible experiences for those with different physical abilities, and being a way for parents to spend time with their children.2

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NIH Supports Biomedical Research by Developing Resources & Technologies to Enhance Animal Models

Jan 16, 2024 2:19:55 PM / by Mari Crocitto posted in News, Hot Grants

“Animal models are essential for several biomedical research fields such as cancer biology and therapeutics, neuroscience, pharmacology and toxicology, neurobiology of diseases, endocrinology, public health, palliative medicine, also, in studies in human and animal biology and for the discovery and testing of new drugs, vaccines, and other biologicals [...] Currently, these models address current research priorities, considered as those imposing major global threats to human and animal health.”
– Adriana Domínguez-Olivia, et al., 20231

The  National Institutes of Health (NIH), through the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is supporting biomedical research projects to improve the rigor, reproducibility, and translatability of animal models via the development and implementation of broadly applicable technologies, tools, and resources. This opportunity stresses that the proposed studies, resources, models, or technologies must either explore multiple organ systems or be applicable to diseases and processes impacting many organ systems and must address research interests of multiple NIH Institutes & Centers (IC’s).

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SAMHSA Offering $10.4 Million Towards Rural Emergency Medical Services Training

Jan 16, 2024 10:54:04 AM / by Mari Crocitto posted in News, Hot Grants

The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has called for the recruitment and training of EMS personnel to address issues regarding substance use disorders (SUDs) and co-occurring disorders (COD) substance use and mental disorders in rural communities. Roughly 46 million U.S. citizens live in rural areas and are met with significant health challenges, including “higher rates of chronic disease and suicide, worse maternal health, and limited access to care.” 1

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USDA Funding an Additional $123 Million Towards Second Round of Meat & Poultry Processing Expansion Programming

Sep 28, 2023 10:40:48 AM / by Mari Crocitto posted in News, Hot Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), through the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS), is offering over $123 million towards an expansion program related to meat and poultry processing.

According to the USDA’s 99th Annual Agricultural Outlook Forum, there was an estimated 3.09 billion pounds of total beef exports expected to decline. Also, commercial beef production was forecasted to decline by 6 percent, to 26.5 billion pounds.1 The Processing Expansion Program will assist meat and poultry producers in expanding their current capacity and ensure that the proper safety measures are followed in accordance with the USDA.

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USDA Forest Service Offering Up to $600,000 in Funds To Purchase Land for Conservation

Sep 28, 2023 10:38:56 AM / by Mari Crocitto posted in News, Hot Grants

"A grove of giant redwood or sequoias should be kept just as we keep a great and beautiful cathedral."
—Theodore Roosevelt   

The USDA Forest Service will be offering funds towards the conservation of open spaces and community forests through its Community Forest Program (CFP). These areas must be protected in order to provide various environmental, educational, recreational, and economic benefits within the targeted communities. 

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DOC Funding Over $45 Million for Projects Enhancing Coastal Restoration & Resilience

Sep 13, 2023 9:54:39 AM / by Mari Crocitto posted in News, Hot Grants

Ecological restoration has been defined as “the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed.” Traditional perspectives and TEK provide insights into hidden or lost ecological diversity and relationships that tribes have had with their environments.
— Jonathan W. Long, et. al; Ecopsychology 1

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Over $10 Million in Grants Offered By USDA for Specialty Crop Programs

Sep 13, 2023 9:54:11 AM / by Mari Crocitto posted in News, Hot Grants

The U.S. The Department of Agriculture (USDA), through the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), is offering a program to promote rural economic communities and climate-resilient landscapes. It will focus on specialty crop issues on the regional and national levels in the areas of food safety, marketing and promotion, research, investigations on pests and diseases, and crop-specific projects addressing various common issues. No federal cost sharing or matching is required.

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Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Programs, Now Being Funded By The Dept. Of Commerce

Aug 24, 2023 12:25:15 PM / by Mari Crocitto posted in News, Hot Grants

Marine mammals are important indicator species of ocean health. When they show signs of illness, they may be signaling changes in the marine environment that will be important to human health and the overall health of our ocean ecosystems. Monitoring the health of marine mammals, especially during a UME, can reveal emerging threats, potential impacts of human activities, and the effectiveness of management actions.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries (1)   

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