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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

Agriculture Grants

National Information

The US EPA Region 9 Agriculture Program administers two grant programs annually.  The Strategic Agricultural Initiative Grant Program and the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program fund projects that reduce the use of high risk pesticides and promote more environmentally sound pest management practices in agricultural settings. . These grants use a variety of methods to reduce pesticide use including adopting Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods, using new technology such as pheromone mating disruption, and replacing high risk pesticides with lower risk organic chemistries. These efforts reduce the overall environmental effects of agricultural production and create a more sustainable agriculture system.

Programs & Resources

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a pesticide has been applied.
Strategic Agriculture Initiative (SAI)

The Strategic Agricultural Initiative (SAI) Program is an innovative partnership between EPA and the agricultural community. SAI was established in an effort to help implement the Food Quality Protection Act, which established health based standards for pesticide residues in raw and processed foods, and required pest management assistance for smaller acreage crops. The goals of the program are to:

  • Demonstrate region specific pest management practices/technologies and integrated crop management systems to replace pesticide options that have been removed via Agency regulatory actions
  • Encourage partnerships between producers, commodity groups, scientists, extension, local/state/federal government agencies, and other stakeholders to demonstrate, promote, and adopt economically viable reduced risk/IPM practices in the field, utilizing outreach and education
  • Quantitatively measure and document the effects and impacts of using the reduced risk/IPM programs on the environment, human health and community

Grant funding assistance under this program is generally available to states, U.S. territories or possessions, federally recognized Indian tribal governments and Native American Organizations, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions, local governments, individuals, and international entities. The estimated funding for Region 9 SAI projects annually is approximately $250,000.  Region 9 generally awards two to three grants a year varying between $50,000 and $100,000 dollars. These awards are subject to the availability of funds, quality of proposals received, and other applicable considerations.

In Region 9, the request for application typically opens in January and closes in March. For more information, contact the Regional SAI Coordinator, Cindy Wire at (415) 947-4242 or wire.cindy@epa.gov.

Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP)
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The Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) is an EPA partnership program that works to promote IPM. PESP’s guiding principle is that partnership programs complement the standards and decisions established by regulatory and registration actions.

PESP Regional grants provide regional assistance to eligible applicants to carry out projects that address pesticide risk reduction, IPM, IPM in schools, children’s health issues related to pesticides, and those research methods for documenting IPM adoption or the reduction of risks associated with changes in pesticide use. Proposed projects must have defined outcomes that can quantitatively document their environmental, human health, or community impacts. In Region 9, one project may be funded each year, with a maximum funding level of $53,000.

In Region 9, grant applications typically open in July and close in July. For more information, contact Cindy Wire at (415) 947-4242 or wire.cindy@epa.gov.

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