Apply for a PDP Grant
The Professional Development Program provides sustainable agriculture education and outreach strategies for Cooperative Extension Service personnel, Natural Resources Conservation Service staff and others who work directly with farmers and ranchers.
Professional Development Program promotes sustainable farms and rural communities through:
For more information about the Professional Development Program contact: David Redhage at (918) 647-9123 or dredhage at kerrcenter.com
In addition, Professional Development Program Grants are available to help further education and outreach strategies. Read more about Calls for Proposals.
Professional Development Program Grants
Who can apply?
Agricultural professionals such as Cooperative Extension personnel, NRCS, FSA and other USDA staff, agricultural consultants, non-governmental organizations, farmer trainers and others can apply for a Professional Development grant.
What activities are eligible?
Training activities may include seminars, workshops, farm tours, or on-farm demonstrations. Or they may develop, market and distribute training materials such as handbooks or videos. Activities may take place in a single state, multiple states or throughout the entire southern region.
How much will the grants fund?
There's no set amount, but training grants generally range from about $20,000 to $120,000.
Successful proposals include:
- A focus on developing sustainable agriculture systems or moving existing systems toward sustainable agriculture as defined in the 1990 Farm Bill.
- A central purpose of providing training to Cooperative Extension Service agents; NRCS, FSA and other USDA agency personnel; consultants; and other professionals, including farmers, who will serve as trainers.