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Funding and Collaboration

Grant Funding


The USDA is a major financial supporter of the Small Producers Initiative.

These are the grants supporting SPI, with most recent funding at the top:

InSPIRE (2018) is the most recent "2501 program" grant funded in the amount of $199,996 by the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Advocacy and Outreach. This grant builds even further on SPI's research, outreach and extension activities through specific producer training in food safety, farmer's market incentive programs, and financial services. This grant will close in 2020.

For more information, please see USDA's 2018 Synopsis of Funded Projects, p. 20.

TSSSP (2017-2018) is funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) through the Capacity Building Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture Program. This grant built on producer surveys conducted through RURAL-V, clarifying the need for further educational programming and research benefiting Texas small producers. This grant includes funding for staff, equipment, two conferences, webinars, and evaluation. This grant will close in 2020.

For more information, please see USDA's REEIS summary

RURAL-V (2016) was the initial 2501 grant benefiting SPI. This grant funded faculty time, supplies, and equipment needed to offer free webinars, tours, and workshops to small producers, specifically historically disadvantaged groups and U.S. Military Veterans. It was awarded in the amount of $146,000 by the USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach. This grant is now closed. 

For more information, please read the university's press release.