Grants for Agriculture

Before any country in the world became industrialized, it had to go through being an agriculture-based economy first. An industrialized country does not stop depending on agriculture to survive but instead to continue to have agriculture as the foundation of its survival even in these technologically advanced times. Thus, even as we ourselves as world leaders in terms of military and economic strength, we cannot forsake our agricultural base. The government is very much aware of this and so has provided several grants for agriculture that can help our boost our agricultural production and ensures our nation’s food security.

Grants for Agricultural Research, Special Research Grants

These grants are spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The program under which these grants operate aims to provide financial assistance to qualified grantees who do research in the field of agricultural and food sciences that are especially important to the country. You can get more information about these grants here:

USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader
Competitive Programs
1400 Independence Avenue, SW, STOP 2240
Washington, District of Columbia 20024
Telephone: (202) 401-1761

Grants for Agricultural Research, Competitive Research

These grants are under the Department of Agriculture and are provided through the Office of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The funds available through these grants are meant provide support for research, education and extension programs that seek to solve key issues involved in all agricultural aspects such as farming, forestry, ranching, aquaculture and other issues involving the food industry. Key issues and problems of the proposals must involve those that have demonstrable national, regional and multi-state importance. You can obtain more relevant information about these grants, their eligibility requirements, amount of available funds and how to apply here:

USDA, NIFA, Competitive Programs
1400 Independence Avenue, SW.
Washington, District of Columbia 20250-2240
Telephone: (202) 401-1782.

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)

These grants intend to provide stimulus to the development and adoption of approaches and technologies in environmental protection in combination with agricultural production. Funds from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program are used to give grants to organizations, tribes or individuals.

National CIG Program Manager
Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
P.O. Box 2890, Room 6175-S
Washington, D.C. 20013-2890
Telephone: (202) 720-8071

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

SARE provides grants to agricultural educators, researchers, farmers and ranchers in the country. Students can also apply to receive grants. There are several grants given to different topics involving agriculture, namely: research and education grants; professional development grants; producer grants, on farm research/partnerships; and sustainable community innovations. You can get more information about these programs, how they work, where to apply and how much each grant is worth by visiting the SARE website.

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