Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.
It is estimated that 12 research projects, 12 publications, and 25 workshops/conferences, will be completed in fiscal year 2006.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Assistance provided where it is determined that there is a significant regional impact at stake or a significant policy at issue with potentially broad implications.
Any State government, public and private organization and institution, business and industry, or individual may apply for technical assistance or service.
State, trade associations, universities, and nonprofit organizations may be eligible for cooperative agreements.
Producers, processors, and general public.
Aplication and Award Process
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
No formal application procedure specified; informal correspondence or personal contact is permissible. Contact Vacant, Director, Transportation and Marketing Division, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.
Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938, 7 U.S.C. 1281 et seq.; Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, 7 U.S.C. 1621 et seq.; Agricultural Trade and Assistance Act of 1954, 7 U.S.C. 1427, 1431, 1691, et seq.; Rural Development Act of 1972, 7 U.S.C. 2662, 2663; International Carriage of Perishable Foodstuff Act of 1982; Cooperative Marketing Act of 1926, 7 U.S.C. 291, 292.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Post Assistance Requirements
(Advisory Services and Counseling) FY 07 $2,719,000; FY 08 est $2,783,000; and FY 09 est not reported.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Regional or Local Office
(Vacant), Deputy Administrator, Transportation and Marketing Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA, Washington, DC 20250. Telephone: (202) 690-1305.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Hampton Creek Foods, a business startup headquartered in San Francisco, has received numerous support, including those from Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel, and Khosla Ventures, a venture capital fund established by Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla, to fund its efforts of searching for plant substitutes for eggs.