Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program

To assist in exploring new market opportunities for U.S.

food and agricultural products and to encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the U.S.

marketing system.

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Agency - Department of Agriculture

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.


Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. $ 248,686   2020-09-302023-09-29
Kansas State University $ 242,714   2020-09-302023-09-29
Agriculture, Minnesota Department Of $ 235,169   2020-09-302023-09-29
New Mexico State University $ 135,343   2020-10-012022-09-30
Michigan State University $ 124,646   2019-09-302022-09-30
Agriculture, Oregon Department Of $ 149,044   2020-10-012022-09-29
Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey $ 98,487   2020-09-302022-09-29
Michigan State University $ 185,700   2018-09-302022-09-29
Agricultural Resources, Massachusetts Department Of $ 86,187   2019-09-302022-09-29
Agriculture, Kansas Department Of $ 192,330   2019-09-302022-09-29



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Proposals may deal with barriers, challenges or opportunities at any stage of the marketing chain including direct, wholesale, and retail.

Proposals may involve small, medium or large scale agricultural entities but should potentially benefit multiple producers.

Proprietary proposals that benefit one business or individual will not be considered.

Proposals that address issues of importance at the State, regional or national level are appropriate for FSMIP.

FSMIP also seeks unique proposals on a smaller scale that may serve as pilot projects or case studies useful as a model for others.

Of particular interest are proposals that reflect a collaborative approach between the States, academia, the farm sector and other appropriate entities and stakeholders.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State Departments of Agriculture, State Agricultural Experiment Stations and other appropriate State agencies including State universities, State colleges, and State government entities such as State departments of forestry, natural resources, or energy.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Producers, processors, marketing agencies, and general public.

Credentials/Documentation

A grant agreement is entered into between the administering Federal agency and the State entity that submits the application. OMB Guidance for Grants Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards at 2 CFR part 200 and 2 CFR 400 applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. OMB Guidance for Grants Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards at 2 CFR part 200 and 2 CFR 400 applies to this program. Applicants must submit forms SF-424 and SF-424B, a narrative description of the proposal, a supplemental budget and budget narrative, personnel qualifications, and 1-3 letters of support from beneficiaries.

Award Procedures

The requests are reviewed and approved or disapproved by the Agricultural Marketing Service in competition with other applications received after review panels have scored and ranked assigned proposals. Recipients are notified of the amount awarded and the terms and conditions of award by email. Grant payments are made by electronic fund transfer.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, Section 204b, 7 U.S.C. 1623(b).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Annual application deadlines are posted in Grants.gov and on the program website at www.ams.usda.gov/fsmip. Funds are awarded by September 30 of each Federal fiscal year.

Appeals

No formal appeal procedure.

Renewals

Awards are for two years. Additional time to complete the project may be requested.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 100%. This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 100%. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Payments are made to the States on an as needed, reimbursable basis over the grant period. Advance payments may be requested. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payments are made to the States on an as needed, reimbursable basis over the grant period. Advance payments may be requested.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Six month performance reports and financial reports are required.

A final performance report and a final financial report are required within 90 days after the expiration date of the grant period.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. 2 CFR part 200, Subpart F - Audit requirements apply.

Records

Recipients must retain financial and other records relating to grant for a period of three years after the final Federal Financial Report (SF-425) is received by the Agricultural Marketing Service or until final resolution of any audit findings or litigation claims relating to this program.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-2501-0-1-352.

Obigations

(Project Grants (for specified projects)) FY 16 $1,235,000; FY 17 est $1,235,000; and FY 18 est $1,109,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$25,000 to $1,000,000. Average: $148,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

A request for proposals is announced each year via, www.grants.gov, and the program web site. Additional information about the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program is available at the program web site at www.ams.usda.gov/fsmip.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Martin Rosier 1400 Independence Ave SW, Rm. 4543 Mail Stop 0234, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: martin.rosier@ams.usda.gov Phone: 202-260-8449

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Project selection is based on several factors, including: how well the proposal meets marketing and research requirements, quality of proposal, and impact on project beneficiaries. . Eligible Promise Zone applicants will receive five priority points as a component of the criteria used to evaluate applications.


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