FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

There are number of funding opportunities for the sheep industry including loans, grants and promotional funds and sponsorships.

AMERICAN LAMB PROMOTIONAL FUNDING PROGRAMS

The American Lamb Board designed the “Supplier Cooperative Funding Program” as a promotion tool for American Lamb suppliers and direct marketers to help fund branded retail, foodservice and/or consumer promotions. The cooperative funds are awarded once a year.
Timing:
Applications are due: October 31, 2018

The American Lamb Board’s Local Lamb Promotional Funding program is designed to expand ALB’s efforts to promote American Lamb throughout the country. The program provides funds to state and local lamb organizations to support activities and programs which promote American Lamb at the local level to consumers, media, chefs and/or retailers. The funds cannot be used to support industry functions/target an industry audience.

Timing: Applications are due: February 28, 2019

NATIONAL LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION SHEEP & GOAT FUND

The NLPA Sheep and Goat Fund is a revolving fund established within NLPA to assist the U.S. sheep and goat industries by strengthening and enhancing the production and marketing of sheep and goats and their products in the United States.

NATIONAL SHEEP INDUSTRY IMPROVEMENT CENTER

The primary objective of the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center (NSIIC) is to fund a number of projects determined by industry leaders to be priorities for benefiting the sheep industry. That list is:

  1. Strengthen and enhance the production and marketing of sheep and sheep products in the United States through the improvement of infrastructure, business, resource development and the development of innovative approaches to solve long term problems.
  2. Provide leadership training and education to industry stakeholders.
  3. Enhance sheep and sheep products in the United States through assistance to all segments of the industry to address sustainable production and marketing of sheep and sheep products.
  4. Promote marketing of sheep and sheep products through an organized method that can measure tangible results.
  5. Enhance the sheep industry by coordinating information exchange and by seeking mutual understanding and marketing within the industry community.

BEGINNING FARMERS & RANCHERS

USDA, through the Farm Service Agency, pro- vides direct and guaranteed loans to beginning farmers and ranchers who are unable to obtain financing from commercial credit sources. Each fiscal year, the Agency targets a portion of its direct and guaranteed farm ownership (FO) and operating loan (OL) funds to beginning farmers and ranchers.

THE FARMERS MARKET PROMOTION PROGRAM

The FMPP was created through a recent amend- ment of the Farmer-to-Consumer Direct Mar- keting Act of 1976. The grants, authorized by the FMPP, are targeted to help improve and expand domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities.

FARM LOANS

FSA makes direct and guaranteed farm ownership and operating loans to family-size farmers and ranchers who cannot obtain commercial credit from a bank, Farm Credit System institution, or other lender. FSA loans can be used to purchase land, livestock, equipment, feed, seed, and sup- plies. Loans can also be used to construct buildings or make farm improvements

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE RESEARCH AND EDUCATION

The mission of the SARE program is to advance sustainable innovations in American agriculture. SARE is uniquely grassroots, administered by four regional offices guided by administrative councils of local experts. The following types of grants are offered through SARE:

» Research and Education Grants: Ranging from $10,000 to $200,000 or more, these grants fund projects that usually involve scientists, producers, and others in an interdisciplinary approach.

» Professional Development Grants: Ranging from $20,000 to $120,000, these grants spread the knowledge about sustainable concepts and practices by educating Cooperative Extension Service staff and other agricultural professionals.

» Producer Grants: Producer grants typically run between $1,000 and $15,000 to conduct research, marketing and demonstration projects and share the results with other farmers and ranchers.