Farm and Food News

Land Matching Programs Grow

A decade ago there were 20. Today there are 33. As the average age of US farmers has risen (now 57.1) and the number of farmers under age 35 has plummeted (only 5%), new land matching programs have sprung up to reverse the trends.

Take Advantage of Extended Deadline for CSP

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently extended the application deadline for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) until January 7, 2011. This is a welcome extension for farmers and ranchers who hope to apply for the CSP for next year but needed additional time to complete applications, especially coming off the busy harvest season.

Nebraska Producers, Get Rewarded For Your Innovation

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development has announced a new pre-application process for a popular rural development program in the state. The Department is offering to pre-screen grant applications for the Value Added Agriculture (VAA) grant program. The process involves submitting one copy of the completed pre-application by Friday, October 1, 2010. These can then be revised and submitted by the final application deadline of Thursday, October 14, 2010, along with the required number of additional copies.


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