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Rapid City Regional Center

Rapid City Regional Center


8 Field Specialists

o
Cow/calf

o
Range

o
Community Development

o
Agronomy

o
Entomology

o
Small Acreage

o
Sheep

o
Food Safety

South Dakota Small Acreages


For
All Acreage Owners

(no min/max size)

o
2 Websites:

o
www.iGrow.org/livestock/horses

o
http
://www.sdstate.edu/wrac/sdsa/index.cfm


o
Archives of past seminars

o
E
-
Newsletter

o
Facebook page “
South Dakota Small
Acreages”

o
Realtor Trainings approved by SD Real Estate
Commission


South Dakota Small Acreages


How we can help you:


o
Goal setting

o
Pasture management

o
weeds, fencing,
stocking rates

o
Livestock
management

o
Horses, goats,
sheep, cattle




o
Manure
management

o
Water & Hay quality

o
Grant proposal
assistance

o
Marketing/website
help

o
Connections to much
more!




South Dakota Small Acreages


Resources: Grazing Kit $30





South Dakota Small Acreages


Resources:

o
Today’s Presentations will be
posted on website

o
Hard
-
copy packets available for
$5

o
Make checks to “SDSU”





Grant Opportunities for
Acreage Owners

Mindy Hubert, Small Acreage Field
Specialist

mindy.hubert@sdstate.edu


Grant Opportunities for Acreage
Owners


Federal, State, Private



Ag
-
related grants generally fund:

o
Sustainability projects (water, land, etc.)

o
Income
-
based
operations

o
Demonstrations/feasibility studies

o
Outreach/Education projects

o
Marketing Strategies

Federal Grants


Primary source of most grants


Competitive



Specific goals or priorities
you need to address



Think of grant writing as a “learning
experience”

o
Take constructive criticism and try again!




Federal Grants: USDA SARE


SARE
“Sustainable Agriculture Research &
Education”



SARE's

vision:

o

An enduring
American agriculture of the
highest quality. This agriculture is
profitable
,
protects the nation's
land and water
and is a
force for a
rewarding way of life
for farmers
and ranchers whose quality products and
operations
sustain their communities
and
society.



Federal Grants: USDA SARE

o
http
://
www.northcentralsare.org/GRANTS


o
Four Programs:

o
Research & Education

o
Professional Development

o
Youth/Educator

o
Farmer/Rancher Grants



Federal Grants: USDA SARE

o
Youth Grants
$400 maximum

o
A
ges
8
-
18.

Projects
are
for:

o
H
ands
-
on
efforts to explore sustainable agriculture
issues
and practices

o
A
ttending
a sustainable agriculture conference,
workshop, or
camp

o
Educator Grants

$2,000 maximum

o
For
educators to provide programming on sustainable
agriculture for
youth



Federal Grants: USDA SARE


Farmer/Rancher Grants (SARE FRG
)

o
Due
December of each year

o
Awards
available following spring

o
Proposals
must be
sustainable in nature:

o
A
ddress
natural resources
,
financial resources
&
family/community

o
Must be innovative or build upon other projects

o
$
7500
-

$22,500


Federal
Grants: USDA Rural
Develop.


Value
-
Added Producer Grants (VAPG)


http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/coops/vadg.htm

o
Eligible:
independent producers
, farmer/rancher
cooperatives & producer groups & businesses

o
Funds:

o
Planning grant ($100,000)

o
Working capital ($300,000)

o
Belle Fourche:
Jackson Winery and Vineyards
, LLC
$300,000

o
Rapid City:
Wild Idea Buffalo Company
$17,500

Federal Grants: USDA Rural
Develop.


Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)



http
://
www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_Reap.html

o
Financial
assistance to
agriculture producers
&
rural
small
businesses
for
purchasing
, installing and
constructing renewable energy
systems (windmills,
etc.)


o
An
agricultural producer is
directly
engaged in the
production of agricultural products
whereby
50
percent
or
greater of their gross income

is derived
from the operations
.


Federal Grants: USDA Rural
Development


Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)


o
Grants

available up to 25% of total project cost up
to $500,000


o
Loan Guarantees
up to 75% total project cost of
$2500
-
$25M

Natural Resource Conservation Service
(
NRCS
)


Various conservation
programs
offered



Signup
is continuous
for many programs



Limited
resource farmers/ranchers,
beginning
farmers/ranchers,
socially disadvantaged
producers, and Tribes may be eligible for a
higher
payment rates




No
acreage
limits for most programs;
preference
given to
largest impact
producers

Natural Resource Conservation Service
(
NRCS
)




2011: 3,700
conservation
plans implemented in SD;
positively affecting


1.6 million acres (430 acres on
average)

NRCS Programs


Environmental
Quality Incentives Program
(EQIP
)

o
Provides
financial
& technical
assistance to agricultural
producers to help plan and implement
conservation
practices

o
$
20,000
-
$300,000
in assistance

o
improve
soil, water, plant, animal, air and related
resources

o
help
producers meet
environmental regulations

o
Up to 10 year contracts

NRCS Programs


Wildlife Habitat Incentive
Program (WHIP)

o
A voluntary
approach to improving wildlife habitat in our
Nation.

o
Provides
both technical assistance and up to
75 percent
cost
-
share assistance

to establish and improve fish and
wildlife habitat.



2011
South
Dakota
Contracts

Total
Acres

Total
Investment

Average
Contract
Value

Average
Contract
size

(ac)

43

21,872.8

$
809,153

~$19,000

509

NRCS Programs


Agriculture Management Assistance (AMA)

o
Pays
up to 75
% of cost
of installing conservation
practices.


o
Payments
shall not exceed $
50,000/participant/year
.



Eligibility:

o
Be
engaged in livestock or agricultural production
and have annual potential
sales of $1,000 or more
.


o
Cropland
,
hayland
, pastureland, rangeland, and
grassland; Private, non
-
industrial forestland


NRCS Programs: Contacts


Rapid City:
(605) 342
-
0301

o
LANTZ
, TATE
E, Rangeland Mgmt. Specialist

o
ODDEN
, MATTHEW
D, District Conservationist

o
matthew.odden@sd.usda.gov


o
tate.lantz@sd.usda.gov



Sturgis:
(605) 347
-
4952

o
HERRMANN
, TANSE
M, Dist. Consvst.

o
tanse.herrmann@sd.usda.gov


Belle Fourche:
(605
)
892
-
3368

o
EGGEBO, SARAH L,
Dist.
Consvst
.

o
sarah.eggebo@sd.usda.gov


State Grants


Dept. of Ag:
http://
www.sdda.sd.gov/AgPolicy/Grants


o
Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG)

o
Purpose:
solely
enhance the competitiveness
of
specialty
crops (fruits
, vegetables, tree nuts,
dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops
[including floriculture]).“

o
Due April 2
nd

2012

o
Range of awards $2100
-
$35,000




Private Industry Grants


Specialty Topics: Organic


o
Organic Farming Research Foundation

(ORFR) $12,000
-
$15,000 projects:
http://ofrf.org
/


o
Organic Valley Coop
:
http
://www.organicvalley.coop/about
-
us/donations/fafo
-
fund/criteria
/

$5000
-
$50,000


o
Organic
Crop
Improvement:
http
://www.ocia.org
/




Private Industry Grants



https://attra.ncat.org/calendar/funding.php


http
://www.beginningfarmers.org
/


http
://
aggrantguru.blogspot.com/


www.humanefarmfunds.org



$500
-
$1500


Help farms transition to pasture
-
based systems


Improve the marketing of humane products


due
April
1,
2012



Producer Participation Opportunities:


Spring Creek Watershed Partnership

o
F
or landowners in the Upper Spring Creek Watershed
(above Sheridan Lake)

o
Cost share
opportunity to improve water resources

o
http://www.springcreekblackhills.com



Belle Fourche River Watershed Partnership

o
funding available to convert flood irrigation to center
pivots and to convert open ditches to pipelines in flood
irrigation systems.

o
h
ttp
://www.bellefourchewatershed.org
/

o
Contact local NRCS office for more info

Producer Participation Opportunities:


USDA SARE Small Acreage Grant

o
Now
-

2013

o
5 Host Acreages in Western South
Dakota


Goals


Management strategies

o
Labor provided


Workshops


Learning communities/networking


The End

Feel Free to Contact Any of Us

394
-
2236 or 394
-
1722