Agricultural Marketing Service - U.S. Department of Agriculture https://www.ams.usda.gov/ en Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West: Increased Assessment Rate https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/marketing-order-regulating-handling-spearmint-oil-produced-far-west-increased-0 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West: Increased Assessment Rate</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mbrown" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mbrown</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 07/14/2020 - 17:56</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Docket Number:</strong>&nbsp;AMS-SC-20-0029<br /> <strong>Effective Date:</strong>&nbsp;August 10, 2020</p> <p><strong>Summary</strong></p> <p>This final rule implements a recommendation from the Far West Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2020-2021 and subsequent marketing years. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.</p> <p><strong>Contact</strong></p> <p>Joshua Wilde, Marketing Specialist, or Gary Olson, Regional Director, Northwest Marketing Field Office, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA; Telephone: (503) 326-2055, Fax: (503) 326-7440, or Email:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Joshua.R.Wilde@usda.gov">Joshua.R.Wilde@usda.gov</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="mailto:GaryD.Olson@usda.gov">GaryD.Olson@usda.gov</a>.</p> <p><strong>Supporting Documents</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=AMS_FRDOC_0001-2090">Final Rule</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=AMS_FRDOC_0001-2060">Proposed Rule</a></li> </ul> </div> Tue, 14 Jul 2020 21:56:02 +0000 mbrown 38127 at https://www.ams.usda.gov Assessment Rates: Sweet Onions Grown in the Walla Walla Valley of Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/assessment-rates-sweet-onions-grown-walla-walla-valley-southeast-washington-and <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Assessment Rates: Sweet Onions Grown in the Walla Walla Valley of Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/mbrown" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mbrown</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 07/14/2020 - 13:32</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>Docket Number:</strong>&nbsp;AMS-SC-19-0115<br /> <strong>Effective Date:</strong>&nbsp;June 1, 2020</p> <p><strong>Summary</strong></p> <p>This rule implements a recommendation from the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Marketing Committee (Committee) to increase the assessment rate established for the 2020 and subsequent fiscal periods. The assessment rate will remain in effect indefinitely unless modified, suspended, or terminated.</p> <p><strong>Contact</strong></p> <p>Dale Novotny, Marketing Specialist, or Gary Olson, Regional Director, Northwest Marketing Field Office, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA; Telephone: (503) 326-2724 or Email:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:DaleJ.Novotny@usda.gov">DaleJ.Novotny@usda.gov</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="mailto:GaryD.Olson@usda.gov">GaryD.Olson@usda.gov</a>.</p> <p><strong>Supporting Documents</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=AMS_FRDOC_0001-2091">Final Rule</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=AMS-SC-19-0115-0001">Proposed Rule</a></li> </ul> </div> Tue, 14 Jul 2020 17:32:05 +0000 mbrown 37994 at https://www.ams.usda.gov USDA Approves Hemp Production Plans for Minnesota, Tennessee, Puerto Rico https://www.ams.usda.gov/content/usda-approves-hemp-production-plans-minnesota-tennessee-puerto-rico <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">USDA Approves Hemp Production Plans for Minnesota, Tennessee, Puerto Rico</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/nwilkins" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">NWilkins</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 07/14/2020 - 11:56</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Date</div> <div class="field__item">July 14, 2020</div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the approval of hemp production plans under the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program for Minnesota, Tennessee and Puerto Rico, bringing the total number of approved plans to 53.<o:p></o:p></p> <p>USDA continues to receive and review hemp production plans from states and Indian tribes. To review approved plans or check the status of a plan, visit the <a href="https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ams.usda.gov%2Frules-regulations%2Fhemp%2Fstate-and-tribal-plan-review&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C16c63b5601b54e61cd8008d7f28b0b1b%7Ced5b36e701ee4ebc867ee03cfa0d4697%7C0%7C0%7C637244551312828715&amp;sdata=bx87%2BTcgI5TfK1wY6EyXIKCCGnztT9di5rF4ExL60VM%3D&amp;reserved=0">Status of State and Tribal Hemp Production Plans</a> webpage.<o:p></o:p></p> <p>State and tribal plans previously approved include:<span style="font-size: 1.7rem;">&nbsp;</span></p> <table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width: 600px;"> <thead> <tr> <th scope="col" style="width: 153px;"> <p>States<o:p></o:p></p> </th> <th scope="col" style="width: 445px;"> <p>Tribes<o:p></o:p></p> </th> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p>Delaware<o:p></o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Blackfeet Nation<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p>Florida<o:p></o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Cayuga Nation<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p>Georgia<o:p></o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p>Iowa<o:p></o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p>Kansas<o:p></o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Chippewa Cree Tribe<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p>Louisiana<o:p></o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Colorado River Indian Tribes<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p>Massachusetts<o:p></o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p>Montana<o:p></o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p>Nebraska<o:p></o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Fort Belknap Indian Community<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p>New Jersey<o:p></o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p>Ohio<o:p></o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p>Pennsylvania<o:p></o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indian Tribes <o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p>South Carolina<o:p></o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p>Texas<o:p></o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida <o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p>Washington<o:p></o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Oglala Sioux Tribe<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p>West Virginia<o:p></o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;">Otoe-Missouria Tribe</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p>Wyoming<o:p></o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Pala Band of Mission Indians <o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p>U.S. Virgin Islands<o:p></o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Pueblo of Picuris Tribe <o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Rosebud Sioux Tribe <o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Sac &amp; Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Santa Rosa Cahuilla Indian Tribe<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Santee Sioux Nation<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;">&nbsp;</td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Seneca Nation of Indians<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribe<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Standing Rock Sioux Tribe<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 153px;"> <p><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> </td> <td style="width: 445px;"> <p>Yurok Tribe<o:p></o:p></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) directed USDA to develop a regulatory oversight program for hemp and include provisions for USDA to approve hemp production plans submitted by states and Indian tribes. Accordingly, on Oct. 31, 2019, USDA issued an&nbsp;<a href="https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.federalregister.gov%2Fdocuments%2F2019%2F10%2F31%2F2019-23749%2Festablishment-of-a-domestic-hemp-production-program&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C16c63b5601b54e61cd8008d7f28b0b1b%7Ced5b36e701ee4ebc867ee03cfa0d4697%7C0%7C0%7C637244551312838706&amp;sdata=BssR2zoaiUXRGvI04JYf%2BnnRz51RqhJsdl4xQ9xjGnU%3D&amp;reserved=0">interim final rule</a>&nbsp;establishing the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program and the provisions for USDA to approve submitted plans. State and tribal plans provide details on practices and procedures that enable hemp producers in their jurisdictions to operate according to their individual plans and in compliance with federal laws.<o:p></o:p></p> <p>For additional information about the program, visit the&nbsp;<a href="https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ams.usda.gov%2Frules-regulations%2Fhemp&amp;data=02%7C01%7C%7C16c63b5601b54e61cd8008d7f28b0b1b%7Ced5b36e701ee4ebc867ee03cfa0d4697%7C0%7C0%7C637244551312838706&amp;sdata=id16cZraeWEgMXM%2BoFyViY1FTBJvooeV588hVLHfbQk%3D&amp;reserved=0">U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program</a>&nbsp;webpage.<o:p></o:p></p> <p>For information or questions related to a specific plan, please contact the applicable state or tribe.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="text-align-center"><span style="font-size:12px;"><em>USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender</em></span><o:p></o:p></p> <p><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> </div> Tue, 14 Jul 2020 15:56:14 +0000 NWilkins 38448 at https://www.ams.usda.gov 2000007129 https://www.ams.usda.gov/content/2000007129 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">2000007129</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/nwilkins" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">NWilkins</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 07/14/2020 - 11:47</span> <div class="field field--name-field-solicitation-number field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Solicitation Number</div> <div class="field__item">2000007129</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-solicitation-documents field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Solicitation Documents</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/2000007129%20-%20Bid%20Invitation.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=1508606">2000007129 - Bid Invitation.pdf</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issued-date field--type-datetime field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Issued Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2020-07-14T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Tue, 07/14/2020 - 12:00</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-material-description field--type-string-long field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Material Description</div> <div class="field__item">Canned Vegetables (Tomato Products)</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-trade-mitigation-purchase field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Trade Mitigation Purchase</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section-32-purchase field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Section 32 Purchase</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-offer-due-date field--type-datetime field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Offer Due Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2020-07-27T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Mon, 07/27/2020 - 12:00</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-contains-set-asides field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Contains Set Asides</div> <div class="field__item">On</div> </div> Tue, 14 Jul 2020 15:47:25 +0000 NWilkins 38447 at https://www.ams.usda.gov USDA Announces $4.8 Million Available for Fiscal Year 2020 Micro-Grants for Food Security Program (MGFSP) https://www.ams.usda.gov/content/usda-announces-48-million-available-fiscal-year-2020-micro-grants-food-security-program <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">USDA Announces $4.8 Million Available for Fiscal Year 2020 Micro-Grants for Food Security Program (MGFSP)</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/nwilkins" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">NWilkins</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 07/14/2020 - 11:21</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Date</div> <div class="field__item">July 14, 2020</div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced $4.8 million in funding for the Micro-Grants for Food Security Program (MGFSP). This new program will assist agricultural agencies or departments in eligible states and territories to increase the quantity and quality of locally grown food through small-scale gardening, herding and livestock operations. MGFSP is authorized by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill), and the grant period for agreements between the eligible applicants and AMS is four years.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p>AMS will award grants to eligible states and territories through a non-competitive application process. Eligible applicants include agricultural agencies or departments in Alaska, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau and the United States Virgin Islands. <o:p></o:p></p> <p>Eligible states and territories will competitively distribute subawards to eligible entities in communities within their areas that have significant levels of food insecurity and import a significant quantity of food.<o:p></o:p></p> <p>Applications must be submitted electronically through <a href="http://www.grants.gov">www.grants.gov</a> by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Aug. 17, 2020. For more information about grant eligibility, visit the <a href="/services/grants/mgfsp">MGFSP</a> website or contact Patrick Kelley at <a href="mailto:Patrick.Kelley@usda.gov">Patrick.Kelley@usda.gov</a>.<o:p></o:p></p> <p>The AMS Grants Division works to improve domestic and international opportunities for United States growers and producers. AMS works with a variety of organizations to support rural America and the nation’s agricultural sector. For additional information visit the <a href="/services/grants">AMS Grants &amp; Opportunities web page</a>.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="text-align-center"><span style="font-size:12px;"><em>USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender</em></span><o:p></o:p></p> <p><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> </div> Tue, 14 Jul 2020 15:21:28 +0000 NWilkins 38446 at https://www.ams.usda.gov 2000007127 https://www.ams.usda.gov/content/2000007127 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">2000007127</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/nwilkins" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">NWilkins</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 07/14/2020 - 10:45</span> <div class="field field--name-field-solicitation-number field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Solicitation Number</div> <div class="field__item">2000007127</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-solicitation-documents field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Solicitation Documents</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/2000007127%20-%20Bid%20Invitation.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=240261">2000007127 - Bid Invitation.pdf</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issued-date field--type-datetime field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Issued Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2020-07-14T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Tue, 07/14/2020 - 12:00</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-material-description field--type-string-long field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Material Description</div> <div class="field__item">Frozen Fruit</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-trade-mitigation-purchase field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Trade Mitigation Purchase</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section-32-purchase field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Section 32 Purchase</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-offer-due-date field--type-datetime field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Offer Due Date</div> <div class="field__item"><time datetime="2020-07-27T12:00:00Z" class="datetime">Mon, 07/27/2020 - 12:00</time> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-contains-set-asides field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Contains Set Asides</div> <div class="field__item">On</div> </div> Tue, 14 Jul 2020 14:45:21 +0000 NWilkins 38445 at https://www.ams.usda.gov USDA Announces the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center is Accepting Grant Proposals https://www.ams.usda.gov/content/usda-announces-national-sheep-industry-improvement-center-accepting-grant-proposals-1 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">USDA Announces the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center is Accepting Grant Proposals</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/nwilkins" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">NWilkins</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 07/14/2020 - 09:50</span> <div class="field field--name-field-date field--type-datetime field--label-inline clearfix"> <div class="field__label">Date</div> <div class="field__item">July 14, 2020</div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center Board of Directors is accepting grant proposals for the Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program (SPMGP). The SPMGP was established to foster improvements in the U.S. sheep industry and will be accepting proposals through Sept. 15, 2020.<o:p></o:p></p> <p>This year the center has budgeted approximately $300,000 to support projects consistent with the grant program objectives. The average grant amount over the last four years is $29,000. Financial assistance provided by the center must accomplish one or more of the following objectives:<o:p></o:p></p> <ul> <li>Strengthen and enhance the production and marketing of sheep and sheep products in the United States through the improvement of infrastructure, business, resource development and the development of innovative approaches to solve long term problems.<o:p></o:p></li> <li>Provide leadership training and education to industry stakeholders.<o:p></o:p></li> <li>Assist all segments of the industry in addressing sustainable production and marketing of sheep and sheep products.<o:p></o:p></li> <li>Promote marketing of sheep and sheep products through an organized method that can measure tangible results.<o:p></o:p></li> <li>Enhance the sheep industry by coordinating information exchange and seeking mutual understanding and marketing within the industry community.<o:p></o:p></li> </ul> <p>The board will review each proposal and make funding recommendations to the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) for approval.</p> <p><o:p></o:p>For more information about applying, contact Program Manager Steve Lee at (207) 236-6567 or <a href="mailto:stevelee@nsiic.org">stevelee@nsiic.org</a>, or send mail to:</p> <p>National Sheep Industry Improvement Center<br /> 1578 Spring Water Way<br /> Highlands Ranch, CO 80129</p> <p>The National Sheep Industry Improvement Center was established in 2008 and awarded approximately $1.9 million in 2019 for a five-year grant through AMS’s Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program: <a href="/services/grants/spmgp">https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/spmgp</a>.<o:p></o:p></p> <p>Additional information about the center is available on its website: <a href="http://www.nsiic.org">www.nsiic.org</a>.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="text-align-center"><span style="font-size:12px;"><em>USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender</em></span><o:p></o:p></p> <p><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> </div> Tue, 14 Jul 2020 13:50:21 +0000 NWilkins 38444 at https://www.ams.usda.gov 2000007132 https://www.ams.usda.gov/content/2000007132 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">2000007132</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/users/nwilkins" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">NWilkins</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 07/14/2020 - 07:54</span> <div class="field field--name-field-solicitation-number field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Solicitation Number</div> <div class="field__item">2000007132</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-solicitation-documents field--type-file field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Solicitation Documents</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/2000007132%20-%20Bid%20Invitation.pdf" type="application/pdf; 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