Photo of floodwaters in Kings County courtesy of the Dept. of Water Resources.

The application deadline for the California Small Agricultural Business Drought and Flood Relief Program has been EXTENDED to February 15, 2024.In addition, due Ag Council’s leadership, we are pleased to announce that farmers who are members of agricultural cooperatives and impacted by flood or drought can compete for the grant funds, if other criteria are met.The grant program was created to provide relief to small agricultural businesses that faced a decline in annual gross receipts or gross profits as a result of recent flood or drought conditions.The grant program is administered by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate. To review a list of frequently asked questions, click HERE.Click HERE for details about the grant and eligibility requirements. The website is operated by Lendistry, and a toll-free number is available at the bottom of the homepage for applicants who have questions.

REMINDER – Supply Chain Grant Program Accepting Applications

In case you missed it in a prior Ag Council newsletter, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $38 million in grant funding through the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) for the Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program (RFSI).
Though RFSI, farmers, food processors and entities operating in the middle of the supply chain, among others, can apply for grants to assist with supply chain needs for products intended for human consumption (excluding meat and poultry, which are funded via other programs). The purpose of RFSI is to help strengthen the food system.Funds can be utilized for efforts, such as: projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase water savings, infrastructure projects that can reasonably be completed within the grant duration, projects to facilitate training opportunities for worker safety or facilitate compliance with the Produce Safety Rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).RFSI priorities include projects submitted directly by growers, producers, processors, and shippers and projects benefitting historically underserved or socially disadvantaged farmers, in addition to small businesses that are disadvantaged, women-owned, or veteran-owned.Upcoming WebinarFebruary 1, 2024, at 1 p.m. – Register HERE.RFSI ResourcesFrequently asked questions and answers provided by CDFA are available HERE. To read the request for proposals, click HERE.Applications are due by February 26, 2024. Please click HERE for CDFA’s application resources, as well as eligibility and grant matching requirements.