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Farm Diversification Grant

Grants to Oklahoma Individuals to Diversify
Family Farm and Agritourism Operations

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Oklahoma Agriculture Food and Forestry - Oklahoma Agriculture Enhancement and Diversification Program (AEDP)

Deadline Date:

10/01/18

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Oklahoma individuals involved in farming, ranching, or agritourism who are interested in diversifying their agritourism venture or family farming operation. Projects may involve non-traditional livestock and crops, agritourism initiatives, and on-farm processing of various agricultural commodities.

Proposals must demonstrate a well-prepared plan of action. Markets for the product must have been researched and possible income must be projected. New and innovative plans for marketing products must also be evident. A sound business plan must show potential profits from diversifying.

All funding proposals must clearly demonstrate the ability to directly benefit Oklahoma farmers and ranchers.

AEDP Program Guidelines:

Funds must be used to produce alternative ag products or process and/or market Oklahoma ag products. Activities must create rural economic development, and indicate the probability of success. Preference is given to applicants whose:

-Industrial and non-food production processes use ag products
-Food, feed and fiber products and uses are innovative and add value to ag products
-Applications demonstrate a high probability of job creation and return-on-investment
-Proposals feature research that is innovative as well as commercially plausible
-Proposals demonstrate a high probability of rapid commercialization
-Projects demonstrate a commitment for funding from other private or public sources or from the applicant
-Proposals center efforts on rural locales
-Principals are individuals, a group of individuals, an individual on behalf of a group or corporations that meet the criteria set forth: to market a product or formulate or implement a marketing plan for products not marketed through existing cooperatives
-Proposals must have potential to create additional income for the farm unit
-Proposals must provide new, innovative plans for marketing the product

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179591

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are available in three levels not to exceed $10,000:
-$2,500 or less: No match required
-$2,501 - $5,000: Some level of cash or in-kind match required
-$5,001 - $10,000: A dollar for dollar cash match

Term of Contract:

A contract may not exceed 1 year in length.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and shall reside and be a legal resident of Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Agriculture Enhancement and Diversification Program (AEDP) offers you the opportunity to apply for a farm diversification grant. Grants are available to anyone who is currently involved in farming, ranching or agritourism and would like to diversify their family farming operation or agritourism venture. Projects must be for non-traditional crops or livestock, on-farm processing of agricultural commodities or agritourism ventures.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants may get help in completing the application and must receive an endorsement from individuals who are professionals/specialists in the field the applicant is applying for. These advisors must be willing to assist the applicant in fulfilling the project and have reviewed the application and be willing to answer questions if contacted about the application.

Advisors may be associated with but not limited to:
-Extension Educators
-Vo Ag Teachers
-Kerr Center
-Noble Foundation
-University faculty or staff
-Adult Farm Management Instructors
-Agricultural Loan Officers

AEDP Application Deadlines:
-First business day in January
-First business day in April
-First business day in July
-First business day in October

Applications are evaluated quarterly by an Advisory Board. Proposals may be submitted anytime to the ODAFF, but 15 copies must be received prior to the quarter’s deadline in order to be eligible for review that quarter. Applicants are encouraged to submit their proposals at least 6 months prior to their anticipated start time.

Applicants will be required to make an oral presentation before the AEDP board.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Jason Harvey, Market Coordinator
(405) 606-1477
spam@ag.ok.gov

Oklahoma Agriculture Food and Forestry
2800 North Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4298

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oklahoma