NRCS Notice Applications Due December 21st, 2012
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) reminds potential applicants to contact their local NRCS office soon to find out if they are The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that eligible for the agency’s most common Farm Bill Programs (Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program, Agricultural Management Assistance Program, and Conservation Stewardship Program). Applications for the second ranking period of 2013 are due at NRCS offices by close of business on December 21, 2012.
The NRCS Office Locator is available at www.pia.nrcs.usda.gov.
“We are encouraging farmers and ranchers to utilize the federal funding available to
help improve conservation on private land,” said Mr. Angel Figueroa, NRCS Director of the Pacific Islands Area (PIA).
Provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts up to a maximum term of ten years in length. These contracts provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. In addition, a purpose of EQIP is to help producers meet Federal, State, Tribal and local environmental regulations.
The Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program for conservation-minded landowners who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat on agricultural land, nonindustrial private forest land, and Indian land.
Learn more about Farm Bill Programs and find out about other NRCS services at
USDA-RD Single Family Housing Guarantee Loan Program (SFHGLP)
ü 102% FINANCING is still available
ü NO DOWN PAYMENT required from buyer*
ü CPR PROPERTIES are acceptable
ü CONDOS are ok so long as they are approved by either the VA, Fanni Mae, Freddie Mac or FHA
ü DHHL properties are acceptable
ü FUNDING, program well funded for FY 2012
ü DEBT TO INCOME (DTI) RATIO waivers permitted with compensating factors
ü RURAL PROPERTIES ONLY, all of Kauai is considered rural
ü CLOSING COSTS may financed into the loan*
ü ZERO FICO SCORES permitted with acceptable alternative trade lines
ü LEASEHOLD PROPERTIES are permitted, must have at least 40 years term by close of escrow
ü QUICK CLOSING; average turn time once file received at USDA is 48 hours, lender processing times apply
ü THE “MAXIMUM RATE” lenders may charge as of 5/18/2012 is 4.0%, rates subject to change daily
ü REDUCED RATES, low income applicants may finance additional points to buy down rate
ü REFINANCE a construction loan or existing USDA loan
*Discuss with your lender how to finance closing costs prior to writing an offer to purchase
Contact a USDA approved lender or myself for additional guidelines. Contact a USDA approved lender to apply.
Farmers Market Promotion Program Grants Available
USDA Office of Communications sent this bulletin at 04/05/2012 12:00 PM EDT
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|Farmers Market Promotion Program Grants Available|
|WASHINGTON, April 5, 2012 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking grant applicants for the 2012 Farmers Market Promotion Program.
Approximately $10 million is available for marketing operations such as farmers markets, community supported agriculture and road-side stands. The grants, which are administered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), are available through a competitive application process on www.grants.gov. The grants aim to increase the availability of local agricultural products in communities throughout the county. They will also help strengthen farmer-to-consumer marketing efforts.
“These grants will put resources into rural and urban economies, and help strengthen efforts to provide access to nutritious and affordable foods,” said Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan. “This program not only supports the health and well-being of local communities but also the economic health of their farms and businesses.”
Projects that expand healthy food choices in food deserts or low-income areas (where the percentage of the population living in poverty is 20 percent or above) will receive additional consideration. USDA, in coordination with the Departments of the Treasury and Health and Human Services, seeks to increase access to fresh, healthy and affordable food choices for all Americans, while expanding market opportunities for farmers and ranchers.
Information on applying for a Farmers Market Promotion Program grant will be published in the April 6, 2012, Federal Register and available online atwww.ams.usda.gov/FMPP. Applications will only be accepted via grants.gov and must be received by May 21, 2012. Applications that are incomplete, hand-delivered, or sent via U.S. mail will not be considered. Applicants should start the grants.gov registration process as soon as possible to meet the deadline. Contact Carmen Humphrey, Program Manager, by phone: (202) 720-8317, or e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Authorized by the Farmer-to-Consumer Direct Marketing Act of 1976 and amended by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (the Farm Bill), the Farmers Market Promotion Program is in the seventh year of funding direct markets that benefit local and regional economies.
The Farmers Market Promotion Program is part of USDA’s commitment to support local and regional communities. These investments are highlighted in USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass. KYF Compass is a digital guide to USDA resources related to local and regional food systems. The Compass consists of an interactive U.S. map showing local and regional food projects and anaccompanying narrative documenting the results of this work through case studies, photos and video content.
A large selection of USDA-supported programs and projects is also visible on the KYF Map, which can be displayed by theme, program, or recipient type. Both the KYF Compass and map will be regularly refreshed with new data and case studies.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (toll-free customer service), (800) 877-8339 (local or federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (relay voice users).