Grant Webinars

U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service grant funding to support local and regional food markets and enterprises; value-added agricultural products; and research, production, and marketing for U.S. agricultural products.

AMS will host webinars to help applicants understand the application process and requirements including eligibility.

Upcoming Webinars

USDA Regional Food Business Centers Applicant Webinar

When: Monday, September 19, 2022, 3:00pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: USDA, AMS announced $400 million in competitive cooperative agreement funding for USDA Regional Food Business Centers. The Regional Food Centers will work to expand and strengthen regional food systems networks and partnerships; increase food and farm business and finance acumen as well as market awareness and access; increase the number of new food and farm businesses and viability of existing businesses; and increase the revenue of food and farm businesses served. The Regional Food Centers will achieve these goals through coordination, technical assistance and capacity-building for small and mid-sized producers, processors, and distributors to create new and rejuvenate current linkages throughout the supply chain. For more information, view the Regional Food Business Center page.

Register for the Webinar

Past Webinars

Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Program (MPIRG) Applicant Webinar

When: Friday, Apr 22, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: USDA, AMS announced $ 23.6 million in competitive grant funding for the Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant program to assist currently operational meat and poultry slaughter and processing facilities in obtaining a Federal Grant of Inspection under the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) or the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA); or to operate as a State-inspected facility that is compliant with FMIA or PPIA under a respective Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) program.

View the MPIRG webinar

Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP) Applicant Webinar

When: April 6, 2022, 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced $40 million in competitive grant funding for the Regional Food System Partnerships Program (RFSP) to explore new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products, and to encourage resilience and development of local or regional food systems. For more information, please visit the RFSP application webpage.

View the RFSP webinar

Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP) Applicant Webinar

When: Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 1:00 PM Eastern Time

Topic: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced $ 57 million in competitive grant funding for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP) to expand direct producer-to-consumer markets and local and regional food business enterprises. For more information, please visit the FMPP application page, or the LFPP application page

View the FMLFPP Webinar

Acer Access and Development Program New Applicant Webinar

When: March 15, 2022, 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced $6 million in competitive grant funding for the Acer Access and Development Program (Acer) to promote the domestic maple syrup industry. This webinar will discuss the application requirements for new applicants. For more information, please see the 2022 Request for Applications – (pdf).

View the Acer webinar
Passcode: 426282

Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) New Applicant Webinar

When: March 17, 2022, 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced $1 million in competitive grant funding for the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) 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 marketing system. This webinar will discuss the application requirements for new applicants. For more information, please see the 2022 Request for Applications – (pdf).

View the FSMIP webinar
Passcode: 404405