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Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities

Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities

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Building Sustainable Farms, Ranchesand Communities
Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Conservation and CommunityDevelopment
A publication of U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies working together for sustainable placesin collaboration withthe Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
 
and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT
 )
AuthorsMargaret Krome, Teresa Maurer, and Katie WiedUSDA agencies and programs providing major support for this publication
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE
 )
U.S. Forest Service
 
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA
 )
October, 2009If English is not your first language, support for your use of this Guide is available in Spanish, Laoand French by calling 1 (800) 346-9140.
 
Acknowledgments
The Building Sustainable Places guide is a collaborative publication of several U.S. Department of Agriculture agen-cies, the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, and National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). Many
 program descriptions in this Guide were built on the excellent proles of the National Sustainable Agriculture
Coalition’s publication, the
Grassroots Guide to the 2008 Farm Bill 
, which were used with permission.The project has been coordinated and edited by Margaret Krome, Teresa Maurer, and Katie Wied, with major 
contributions from John English, Gini Knight, Kim Kroll, Susan LeVan, Patricia McAleer, Robyn Metzger, Greg
Taylor, and Steve Yaddow, and staff with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. Website design and
maintenance as well as distribution of hard copies of this Guide are conducted by the Appropriate Technology
Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA) project of the National Center for Appropriate Technology.USDA agencies and programs providing support for this publication include the Sustainable Agriculture Researchand Education Program (SARE) program, U.S. Forest Service, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture
(NIFA, formerly Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service).Building Sustainable Places Guide
 
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments..................................................................................................................................................iiTable of Contents..................................................................................................................................................iiiIntroduction............................................................................................................................................................ vPrograms by Category...........................................................................................................................................
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Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) ............................................................................................. 1Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) ................................................................................................. 3ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service..........................................................................5
Beginning and Socially Disadvantaged Farmer Contract Land Sales
................................................................... 7Beginning Farmer and Rancher Individual Development Account (BFRIDA)..................................................... 8Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP)........................................................................ 9Biobased Markets Program (BioPreferred) ......................................................................................................... 10Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels......................................................................................................... 11Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP)........................................................................................................12Biomass Research and Development (BR&DI) .................................................................................................. 14
Business and Industrial Guaranteed Loan Program (B&I)
.................................................................................. 16
Certied Development Company Program (504 CDC under SBA)
.................................................................... 18
Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program
.................................................................................... 20Community Wood Energy Program..................................................................................................................... 22
Conservation Loan and Loan Guarantee Program
............................................................................................... 23
Conservation Innovation Grant Program (CIG)
.................................................................................................. 24Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) ................................................................................................................ 26Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)..........................................................................................................29Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) .................................................................................... 31
Cooperative Extension System (CES)
................................................................................................................. 33
Direct Farm Ownership and Operating Loans
..................................................................................................... 34
Downpayment Farm Ownership Loan Program
.................................................................................................. 36Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)............................................................................................37
Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP)
........................................................................................... 39WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) ............................................................................................. 41Farmers’ Market Promotion Program (FMPP) .................................................................................................... 43Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP)..................................................................................44Forest Biomass for Energy (FBE)........................................................................................................................ 46
Forest Legacy Program (FLP)
............................................................................................................................. 47
Forest Products Laboratory (FPL)
....................................................................................................................... 48Forest Stewardship Program (FSP)...................................................................................................................... 49
Building Sustainable Places Guide
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