I don't know where this topic should actually go, so I'm putting it here...
I was today old when I learned about the Natural Resources conservation service, an agency dedicated to the preservation of natural resources. I say it, even though it's redundant, because it's not been my experience that government programs do what their name implies.
Well, this agency has a program for financing support of "high tunnel" type greenhouses; primarily for the support of "small scale urban agriculture"; i.e. farmer's market scale producers. I learned about this agency from yesterday's podcast from Jack Spirko. Veterans also get preference for such funding.
From;https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/about For more than 80 years, we have helped people make investments in their operations and local communities to keep working lands working, boost rural economies,
increase the competitiveness of American agriculture, and improve the quality of our air, water, soil, and habitat.
Our Mission: We deliver conservation solutions so agricultural producers can protect natural resources and feed a growing world.
Our Vision: A world of clean and abundant water, healthy soils, resilient landscapes, and thriving agricultural communities through voluntary conservation.
What originally began as the USDA Soil Conservation Service in 1935 is now known as the Natural Resources Conservation
Some of these benefits include: - Reduced contamination from agricultural sources, such as animal feeding operations.
- Efficient use of nutrients, reducing input costs and reduction in nonpoint source pollution.
- Improved soil health, which mitigates against increasing weather volatility, improves drought resiliency and can positively affect climate change.
- Implementation of climate-smart practices that improve carbon sequestration and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while building resilient landscapes.
The Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP) provides funding to help State and tribal governments encourage landowners to allow
public access to their land for hunting, fishing, and other wildlife-dependent recreation.
VPA-HIP is a competitive grants program and only State and Tribal Governments may apply.
Projects may be up to three years in duration. The maximum amount for a single award is $3 million.
Up to 25 percent of the funding for each award may be used to provide incentives to improve wildlife habitat on enrolled public access program lands.
The Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) helps agricultural producers manage financial risk through diversification, marketing or natural resource conservation practices.
Program At A Glance
AMA provides financial assistance up to 75 percent of the cost of installing conservation practices.
- Total AMA payments shall not exceed $50,000 per participant for any fiscal year.
- Participants are not subject to Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation provisions of the Food Security Act of 1985.
- Participants are subject to Adjusted Gross Income provisions of the Food Security Act of 1985.
- AMA offers an additional higher cost-share for historically underserved producers.