Classes/Workshops & Webinars
For additional information on upcoming agriculture workshops, webinars, and conferences, visit CSU’s Food Systems website, here.
To apply for a Rural Development Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan, click here. This program is Rural Development Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program [r20.rs6.net] is offering loans of up to $40 million for qualified lenders to finance food systems projects. These grants will be offered to projects that are starting or expanding activities in the middle of the food supply chain. For example, the program will support new investments in infrastructure for food aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storage, transportation, wholesaling, and distribution. Applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted.
Grants for Farmers and Ranchers Available
The Western SARE Farmer/Rancher Research & Education Grant Program focuses on advancing on-farm sustainability solutions by funding innovative producer-driven research and outreach. This grant program involves agricultural producers (main applicants) and technical advisor(s) implementing projects to address identified needs in sustainable agriculture.
This program aims to honor producer innovation by funding on-farm research that benefits and is led by producers themselves.
Proposals are due October 25, 2023.Learn more and download the Call for Proposal [r20.rs6.net]
Colorado Clean Diesel Program
This is an opportunity that can help farms and other Colorado business owners purchase electric or hybrid equipment and transportation vehicles. Businesses interested in replacing one or more of their older diesel machines with eligible lower- or zero-emissions equivalents can apply for a grant. Grants may be up to 25-45% of the project cost, depending on type of equipment. Anecdotally, this program is not very competitive and applicants who meet program eligibility criteria are likely to receive funding. Learn more by visiting their website. [r20.rs6.net]