What Are Some Farming Grants for Women?


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Although they don't have programs specifically for women, the United States Department of Agriculture, Sustainable Agriculture and Education and the Organic Farming Research Foundation provide grants to beginning and established women farmers. States also provide funding for farmers through programs such as North Carolina State University's New Mountain Organic Research and Extension Unit.

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The USDA operates a women's outreach program through its Farm Service Agency, which awards grants between $20,000 and $100,000 per applicant. The USDA Small Business Innovation Research awards grants to both beginning and established farmers in amounts ranging from $70,000 to $100,000 and provides educational resources for increasing farm profitability, developing management tools, and efficient natural resource use.

SARE grants funds to farmers with specific sustainable agriculture projects with potential benefits for the larger agricultural community. Examples of recent grants to women as of 2015 include a $14,000 grant to test the use of spent brewers' grain to cultivate gourmet mushrooms, a $4,600 grant to study growing globe artichokes in cold climates and a $14,000 grant to test a prototype livestock tracking system.

OFRF is another non-profit providing research grants to farmers to increase the use of organic farming methods. Recently funded projects include a bilingual farmer training and mentorship program, studies on pollinator conservation, and development of a holistic management plan for the apple flea weevil.

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