Funding Opportunity: USDA Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program

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, 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