May 20 (deadline to apply)
Funds available for agricultural marketing projects
New Mexico agribusinesses are invited to apply to New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) for matching grant funds to help them market, transport, and distribute their products domestically and internationally.
The funding comes from USDA’s Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP). NMDA serves as the fiscal agent for the federal funds.
“FSMIP funds are intended to help agribusinesses and farmer and rancher groups tackle logistical problems that can sometimes keep products from getting to market,” said Craig Mapel, NMDA marketing specialist who administers FSMIP in New Mexico.
May 24 (deadline to apply)
$435 thousand available for New Mexico agriculture projects involving “specialty crops”
New Mexicans are invited to apply for a portion of an expected $435 thousand in federal funds to benefit specialty crops. Funds are made available through USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP).
“When people think of American agriculture, they might think of staples such as wheat and corn and soybeans,” said David Lucero, director of NMDA’s Marketing and Development Division. “The Specialty Crops Program exists to increase the competitiveness of other crops, often referred to as specialty crops, in markets both here at home and abroad.”
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