GardenNews.biz - Mar 11,2017 - The National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces Big Data Funding Opportunity and Behavioral Science Grants
USDA Announces $1.35 million to Support Data-Driven Farm Management Practices
WASHINGTON, D.C. – – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $1.35 million in available funding to provide agricultural producers with training and data to strengthen their business management skills. Funding is made through NIFA’s Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Competitive Grants Program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Read the full press release here.
USDA Awards $500,000 through New Behavioral Science Grant Program
WASHINGTON, – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced two grants totaling $500,000 to help pinpoint motivators that drive farmers to adopt conservation practices and identify the roadblocks that may get in the way. These awards are made through NIFA’s Behavioral and Experimental Economic Applications for Agri-Environmental Policy Design program, a new grant offering under the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities program. This new program is jointly funded by NIFA and USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS). Read the full press release here.
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