December 7, 2007
December 7, 2007 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the availability of approximately $1.3 million in competitive grant funds for fiscal year 2008 to enable states to explore new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products and to encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the U.S. marketing system.
The Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) funds a wide range of applied research projects that address barriers, challenges and opportunities in marketing, transportation and distribution of U.S. food and agricultural products domestically and internationally. Proposals may involve small-, medium- or large-scale agricultural entities but should potentially benefit multiple producers or agribusinesses. Of particular interest are proposals that reflect a collaborative approach among the states, academia, the farm sector and other appropriate entities and stakeholders.
Eligible applicants include state departments of agriculture, state agricultural experiment stations and other appropriate state agencies. Applicants are encouraged to involve industry groups, academia, community-based organizations and other stakeholders in developing proposals and conducting projects. Other organizations interested in participating in this program should contact their state department of agriculture's marketing division.
Eligible agricultural categories include livestock, livestock products, food and feed crops, fish and shellfish, horticulture, viticulture, apiary and forest products and processed or manufactured products derived from such commodities.
Proposals received on or before Feb. 11, 2008, will be considered. Complete details are available at http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20071800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2007/E7-23528.htm