The purpose of this RFP is to develop projects to demonstrate and refine outreach of innovative, biologically integrated farming systems that reduce chemical pesticide inputs.
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, fungicides, and herbicides that pose greater risk to human health or the environment. Applicants should discuss the risks of the pesticide(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 system with growers, PCAs, commodity groups, and others engaged in pest management, and;
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 tribalgovernments, and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. California state agencies may not submit proposal applications but may be listed assubcontractors on other proposals. A state agency’s share of funding may not exceed 30% oftotal 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 collaboratorsare allowed.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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