The goal of the revitalized Biologically Integrated Farming Systems grant program is to provide outreach of innovative, biologically integrated plant-based farming systems that reduce chemical pesticide inputs. Projects from this program should demonstrate IPM-based alternative pest management options that focus on economical and efficacious biological and cultural pest management techniques that allow growers to maintain yields and quality.
The objective of this program is to demonstrate and refine IPM-based farming projects designed to reduce chemical pesticide inputs, especially non-selective, biologically disruptive insecticides and herbicides, with greater risk to human health and/or the environment. Applicants should discuss the risks of the insecticide(s) and/or herbicide(s) they are aiming to reduce. All aspects of the farming system may be considered as they relate to
pest management, including factors such as adjacent landscapes, whether they are farmed or not.
Projects will typically include the following three elements:
(1) On-farm demonstration/evaluation of an innovative, biologically-based farming system,
that employs IPM strategies;
(2) A collaborative outreach effort for sharing technical information about the farming
(3) An organized program of monitoring key biological and economic variables so as to
inform on-farm decision making as well as evaluate project success.
- Public Agency
- Tribal Government
Public or private colleges and universities, local and federal government entities including tribal governments, and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply.
California state agencies may not submit proposal applications but may be listed as subcontractors on other proposals. State agency share of funding may not exceed 30% of total funding. State agencies may not take the lead in project management.
The project lead(s) and their institutions must be based in California; out-of-state collaborators are allowed.
Matching Funding Requirement:
Industry partners can participate by providing matching funds, infrastructure for project support activities, and/or cost sharing rebates for farming system inputs such as cover crop seeds, beneficial organisms (arthropods and microorganisms), insectary shrubs and trees, insect traps, laboratory services, and/or farm implements. Matching funds from industry partners, while not required, are encouraged.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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