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Upcoming Events, Training, and Funding Opportunities

Alliance Field Day
June 16, 2017, 10:00 A.M.-2:30 P.M.
Topics: Alcorn’s Demonstration Farm: Featuring Turmeric, Blueberries and Muscadines.
Alcorn State University
Lorman, MS
MSU Coastal Floral Design Classes
Beginning July 11, 2017; Continues Throughout Summer and Fall.
MSU Coastal R&E Center
Biloxi, MS
MSU-Sunflower Seminar
August 15, 2017, 10:30 A.M.-2:30 P.M.
Growing and Arranging the Coast’s Favorite Flower
MSU Extension-Hancock County
Bay St. Louis, MS
Grant Opportunities & Other Important Information
Livestock Brand Renewal Notice
All livestock brands which are registered within the state must be re-registered by June 30th, 2017, in order to be a valid brand. The Mississippi Agriculture and Livestock Theft Bureau of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce mailed brand renewal notices in April 2017. Anyone who has not received a Livestock Brand renewal notice should call Jessica Spears, the State Brands Registrar, at 601-359-1159 or 1-800-678-2660. The registration fee for a five year period is $5.00.

Anyone interested in obtaining a NEW livestock brand should go online to www.mdac.ms.gov, select the Brand Registrar tab and print a copy of the brand registration and follow the directions on the form or call the Brand Registrar. Anyone wishing to transfer their brand, should mail a letter to the Brand Registrar requesting that transfer.

Preparing for a Food Safety Audit Video
The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is proud to release this informational video for farmers that may be required to obtain a food safety audit such as GAP/GHP or comply with the new Food Safety Modernization Act-Produce Safety Rule (FSMA-PSR).  If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the DVD, please call or email at 601-359-1196 or susan@mdac.ms.gov.
2017 Mississippi Certified Farmers Market Specialty Crop Grant
The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) is accepting grant proposals for Certified Farmers Markets across the state who are interested in promoting Mississippi-grown specialty crops. The goal of this grant program is to increase awareness and availability of Mississippi-grown specialty crops sold at Certified Farmers Markets. Specialty crops are defined by law as “fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture.” Certified Farmers Markets can apply for up to $1,000 to promote specialty crops sold at their respective farmers market.

Deadline to Apply: June 1, 2017 
Growing Lunch School Garden Grant
Growing Lunch is a school garden grant program administered through the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce with the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.  Growing Lunch seeks to enhance Farm to School efforts across the state. It acts as an educational tool to enhance the knowledge of daycare and school-aged children on agriculture, healthy eating and how food arrives on their plate three times a day. All schools, K-12, and daycares/pre-schools in the State of Mississippi are eligible to apply.  Schools that already have a school garden may apply to further their production.  It is encouraged that schools applying have local support, for example, a local extension office or Master Gardeners. This program is on a first come, first serve basis.  Only one grant can be awarded per school.  Schools must fill out the application and have a dedicated coordinator. Pre-schools must be registered/licensed by the Mississippi Department of Health. Schools that have received a Growing Lunch grant from MDAC in the past are not eligible to apply for more funds at this time.
GAP/GHP Cost-Share Program
The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is currently offering a cost-share program to provide financial assistance to Mississippi fruit and vegetable farmers receiving Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) Certification.  Eligible farmers will receive reimbursement for 75% of the certification costs up to a maximum of $500.

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