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USDA AFRI Foundational Program - Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities – A1601 (SFS- SNE- HFC)

Date: July 28, 2017

Time: All Day

Contact: Vanity Campbell

Sponsor: OCG

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USDA NIFA AFRI Foundational Program - Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities – A1601

Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006351

Funding Organization's Deadline:  Friday, July 28, 2017 at 5:00 PM PST

Discipline/Subject Area: Community development; Economic development

ANR Priority Area(s): SFS, SNE, HFC

Funding Available($): $500,000


Description: The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is America’s flagship competitive grants program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. The purpose of the AFRI is to support research, education, and extension work by awarding grants to solve key problems of local, regional, national, and global importance in sustaining conventional, organic, and urban agricultural systems. These include farm efficiency, profitability and sustainability, ranching, bioenergy, forestry, aquaculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, mitigating impacts of biotic and abiotic constraints on food production, food safety, mitigating food waste and food loss, physical and social sciences, home economics and rural human ecology, biotechnology, and classical breeding. Through this support, AFRI advances knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. It also allows AFRI to support education and extension activities that deliver science-based knowledge to end users, allowing them to make informed, practical decisions.

In this RFA, NIFA requests applications for six AFRI priority areas through the Foundational Program for FY 2017.

  1. Plant health, and production and plant products;
  2. Animal health, and production and animal products;
  3. Food safety, nutrition, and health;
  4. Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment;
  5. Agriculture systems and technology; and
  6. Agriculture economics and rural communities

Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities

The AERC Program Area supports rigorous social science projects, including behavioral and experimental economics research and analysis, that informs decision making and policy design to enhance the sustainability of agricultural production systems, both conventional and organic, and related activities in rural areas, protect the environment, enhance quality of life, and alleviate poverty. Topical issues include, but are not limited to, the interactions between agriculture, environment and communities in rural areas; demographic changes and impacts; consumer preferences or behavior; decision-making under uncertainty; crop insurance; availability of credit and financing; market structure and performance; and policy design and impact. The AERC Program Area supports social and behavioral science disciplines. Interdisciplinary efforts involving social and nonsocial science disciplines are also invited.

Small and Medium-Sized Farms

Program Area Priority Code – A1601

Project periods of up to 5 years.

Letter of Intent not required for this program area priority


This program area priority will accept either research-only or integrated project applications to address priorities and related issues focusing on the development and/or adoption of new models to assist agricultural (farm, forest, or ranch) landowner/manager decision making with respect to appropriate scale management strategies and technologies to enhance economic efficiency and sustainability, including the viability and competitiveness of small and medium-size dairy, poultry, livestock, crop, forestry, and other operations. Topics for research-only or integrated project applications include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop effective strategies to aid in the development of research, education and extension/outreach programs to meet the needs of socially disadvantaged small and medium-sized farmers;
  • Outreach efforts that create opportunities for veterans to enter farming and develop new tools to ensure that the next generation of small and medium-sized farmers (including veterans) has access to the information and resources they need to operate their farms on a sustainable and profitable basis;
  • The feasibility of small to mid-scale processing for fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen fruits and vegetables, value added processing for institutional buyers, or small scale meat processing;
  • Develop effective strategies and tools to assist small and medium-sized forest/woodland owners in managing and sustaining their timberland;
  • Assess the impacts of changes in input costs and markets, including farm labor (and immigration policies), credit, microfinance, and insurance markets (including healthcare), on farm entry, transition, and economic viability and in turn, implement programs to assist beginning, small and medium-sized farms; or
  • Evaluate and implement strategies for effective marketing by small and medium-sized farms, including but not limited to production contracts, cooperative marketing, local/regional marketing (direct or intermediated), and engaging in export markets.


OCG Note: Please note any changes to the funding opportunity including deadline dates may not be updated to this calendar. Please visit the Sponsor's website below for additional  information.

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