Organic Assistance Specialists

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Organic Assistance Specialists: Notice of Funding Opportunity Summary NRCS is soliciting applications for six regional organic specialists and one organic research specialist. NRCS is looking to expand their existing organic expertise thru relationships within the organic community. Through this collaboration the agency wants to increase conservation assistance to organic producers and those transitioning to organic production in the United States and the Pacific Islands and Caribbean areas through improved partnerships with organizations. The regional organic specialist position locations will be negotiable, but specialists will work in designated regions through NRCS's Regional Technical Support Centers in Greensboro, North Carolina, Fort Worth, Texas, and Portland, Oregon. The regions can be viewed at The East National Technology Support Center in Greensboro, NC services NRCS's Northeast and Southeast Regions. The Central National Technology Support Center in Fort Worth, TX services NRCS's Central Region. The West National Technology Support Center in Portland, OR services NRCS's West Region. The organic research specialist will be a remote position. The organic coordinators will be collaborating with the NRCS designated National organic specialist in Washington, DC. All positions will collaborate with partners to: · Increase knowledge of USDA conservation initiatives on developing organic agriculture production systems. · Develop technical information for agency staff. · Increase knowledge of the NRCS conservation planning process and how it correlates to the organic system plan. · Enable more strategically focused and effective outreach efforts to increase conservation assistance to organic producers. The organic research specialist will review, develop, and disseminate research and technical guidance for organic agriculture. Partner organizations and individuals must have expertise, knowledge, and experience related to educating farmers and the public about sustainable growing practices that promote soil health, conserve natural resources, and prevent environmental degradation while producing a clean, healthful, and secure food supply. Through this agreement, NRCS and partner organizations will develop new technical information and transfer that information to conservationists, organic certifiers, and producers. All work will be in alignment with NRCS priorities and will promote technical and financial assistance to the organic farming community. All deliverables will be maintained, stored, distributed, and branded by NRCS unless otherwise negotiated. New users of should refer to section D for information about requirements for applying through Key Dates Applicants must submit their applications via by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on June 11, 2023. For technical issues with, contact Applicant Support at 1-800- 518-4726 or Awarding agency staff cannot support applicants regarding accounts. For inquiries specific to the content of the NFO requirements, contact the federal awarding agency contact (section G of this NFO). Please limit questions to those regarding specific information contained in this NFO (such as dates, page numbers, clarification of discrepancies, etc.) Questions related to eligibility, or the merits of a specific proposal will not be addressed. The agency anticipates making selections by July 10, 2023. These dates are estimates and are subject to change.
Federal Grant Title: Organic Assistance Specialists
Federal Agency Name: Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS)
Grant Categories: Agriculture Environment Natural Resources Other (see text field entitled "Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity" for clarification)
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NRCS-NHQ-OAN-23-NOFO0001227
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 10.902
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: June 11th, 2023
Original Application Deadline: June 11th, 2023
Posted Date: April 12th, 2023
Creation Date: April 12th, 2023
Archive Date: July 11th, 2023
Total Program Funding: $5,000,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $5,000,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $750,000
Expected Number of Awards: 7
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Last Updated: April 12th, 2023
Category Explanation
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (15 USC 9001 et seq)
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification.)
Additional Information on Eligibility
This opportunity is open to all domestic applicants.
Grant Announcement Contact
Jose A. Berna
Grants Management Specialist
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