7/12/2017 6:30:00 AM/Categories: General News, Livestock, Sheep
The National Sheep Industry Improvement Center Board of Directors is accepting grant proposals for projects designed to improve the U.S. sheep industry. Applications will be accepted for the Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program through September 15, 2017. The Center is provided funding for this program by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) through the 2014 Farm Bill. This year, approximately $300,000 is available for the program. The average grant amount is typically around $27,000. Grant funding can be used on activities designed to strengthen and enhance the production and marketing of sheep and sheep products in the United States. This includes infrastructure development, business development, production, resource development, and market and environmental research. Grant funding awarded by the Center must accomplish one or more of the following objectives:
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