The USDA is requesting proposals to compete for matching grant funds under the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program. State departments of agriculture, state agricultural experiment stations and other appropriate state agencies, including land-grant colleges and universities, are invited to apply.
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will consider research projects that help market, transport, and distribute U.S. agricultural products domestically and internationally. Federally-awarded funds must be matched by non-federal monies and/or in-kind resources.
Projects must address the needs of multiple producers or agribusinesses at the state, multi-state or national level while focusing on marketing challenges or opportunities within the direct, wholesale or retail segments of the agricultural marketing chain. AMS also encourages submissions that:
- Increase marketing opportunities for agricultural producers
- Create stronger economies in rural communities
- Market agricultural products meeting new Food Safety Modernization Act mandates
- Lead to the successful development of local and regional food systems in rural communities
Applications will only be accepted via the federal grant site www.grants.gov, and must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on May 28, 2013. Applications that are incomplete or submitted via any other method will not be accepted.
Complete application guidelines are available at www.ams.usda.gov/FSMIP.