Grants for Farming
“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
While it may be true that most people in charge of farming grants have never even seen a farm, much less plowed the earth themselves, they do recognize that our ever-growing populace depends on the continued success of our nation’s farmers. Grants for farmers including subsidies and land grants have existed for many years. A relatively new development in government farming grants is organic farming grants.
“Many organic practices simply make sense, regardless of what overall agricultural system is used. Far from being a quaint throwback to an earlier time, organic agriculture is proving to be a serious contender in modern farming and a more environmentally sustainable system over the long term.” - David Suzuki
Organizations offering farming green grants are aware of the significance of sustainable farming. Some private and governmental programs such as those listed below are helping the movement to further earth-friendly farming practices, which in turn are healthier for our earth’s inhabitants.
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA) lists funding information for sustainable farming on their website: http://www.attra.ncat.org/funding/.
Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF). Their mission is to promote the adoption of organic farming. They have awarded over $1.5 million since 1992. http://ofrf.org/index.html
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) http://www.sare.org/index.htm offers five types of grants including a Sustainable Community Innovation grant.
The David & Lucile Packard Foundation. Formed in 1964 by the late David Packard (of Hewlett-Packard) and his wife, Lucile, to promote conserving and restoring our planet’s resources.
Farm Aid. Besides their disaster fund, they also invest in a number of programs to assist small farms, including training farmers in more sustainable agricultural practices.
Federal farming grants as well as charitable foundations and corporation grants are making it possible for today’s farmer to improve the conditions under which they grow crops and raise livestock. Due in part to the extra costs involved we will continue to see the market price of organic produce and meat to be higher than its counterpart, but as we move closer to organic and sustainably produced foods being the norm instead of the exception, that should change.
“If there is hope for family farmers in America, then there is hope yet for America.” – John Mellencamp