Economic Development and Agriculture Markets

  • Farm Diversification Grant
    • Projects must diversify the farm or ranch to non-traditional crops or non-traditional livestock, on-farm processing of agricultural commodities or assist in the development of an agritourism venue that will promote access to a new market. Projects cannot be an extension or expansion of existing operations and must show the potential to create additional income for the farm unit. Grants are available in three levels not to exceed $10,000.
      • Grants $2,500 or less requires no matching funds.
      • Grants $2,501 – $5,000 require some level of cash or in-kind match in funds.
      • Grants $5,001 – $10,000 require a dollar for dollar cash match.
    • Tips for applying:
      • Proposals should demonstrate a well-prepared business plan including potential income for the project and a realistic timeline for success.
      • Market research relating to the project should be included.
      • Advisors must be professionals in the field relating to the project and must be willing to assist applicants in fulfilling the project goals.
    • Application
  • Marketing and Utilization Loan
    • Projects should assist in the development or implementation of a sound domestic or foreign marketing plan for Oklahoma agricultural products, by-products or agritourism venues. Projects may include feasibility studies, business plans, legal expenses, consultant fees, product development and marketing. Purchase of land, buildings and equipment is not allowed. There is no limit on funds applied for.
      •  Loans are a 0% interest rate with a 3-year deferred payment.
      • Loans greater than $18,000 will have a 3 year annualized repayments
      • Loans less than $18,000 will have to be a 5 year annualized repayment.
    • Tips for applying:
      • Proposals should demonstrate a well-prepared action plan including potential income for the project and a realistic timeline for success.
      • Projects should be focused on product development and/or implementation of a sound marketing plan.
      • Projects should seek new products, new markets or new marketing ideas.
      • Job creation and economic stimulation should be illustrated in the project.
    • Application
  • Cooperative Marketing Loan
    • Projects should promote productivity, provide added value to agricultural products, stimulate agricultural diversification and encourage processing innovations in agricultural products. A cooperative agreement, formal or informal, between entities or individuals is required to ensure proper accountability for the project.   
    • Tips for applying:
      • Proposals should demonstrate a well-prepared business plan including potential income for the project.
      • Projects should create an outlet for products that normally have not been marketed through an existing marketing cooperative.
      • Advisors can be professionals in the field relating to the project, legal consultants, agricultural experts or economic development specialists. Consulting fees may be included in application budget.
    • Application
  • Basic and Applied Research Loan/Grant
    • Projects should conduct research for the purpose of business creation or expansion focusing on agricultural products or by-products.
    • Projects with end results that can be commercialized will be considered loans. All other projects will be considered grants.
    • Tips for applying:
      • Projects should not duplicate other research
      • Applications should reasonably prove the likelihood of success of a marketable product
      • Applications should demonstrate thoughtful planning and the potential of job creation.
    • Application
  • Agriculture Event Grant
    • Projects should benefit the community and further the public interest in agriculture. Grants are available in three levels not to exceed $10,000.
      • Grants $2,500 or less must show a projected economic impact up to $5,000.
      • Grants $2,501 – $5,000 must show a projected economic impact of $5,001 to $75,000.
      • Grants $5,001 – $10,000 must show a projected economic impact of more than $75,000.
    • Tips for applying:
      • Events should showcase agriculture to the public in new and innovative ways.
      • Applications must show the projected economic impact to the community.
      •  A letter of support from the city or county government or the local Chamber of Commerce must accompany the application.
    • Application
  • Oklahoma Viticulture and Enology Grant
    • Using tax revenue created from the sales of wine in Oklahoma, this fund awards projects that aim to advance the grape and wine industry in the state. Maximum award amount is $50,000. Projects must focus on one of the following areas:
      • scientific research
      • education
      • product development
      • producer outreach
      • marketing
    • Eligibility
      • High education institutions
      • Government agencies – state or subdivisions of  Oklahoma
      • Trade groups promoting grape and wine production in Oklahoma
    • Deadlines – Applications are due on the last business day of each year
    • Application – coming in October 2020
    • Previously Funded Projects/Success Stories
  • Specialty Crop Block Grant
    • ODAFF administers funding received from the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) each year. The amount of funding received by ODAFF is based on specialty crop acreage and production value on an annual basis. Projects must enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets and must provide a benefit to more than just the applicant. Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, culinary herbs, tree nuts, Christmas trees, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. Projects will be evaluated on how well they enhance the competitiveness of Oklahoma’s specialty crops, soundness or plan, measurable outcomes and return on investment.  Projects may include but are not limited to:
      • Pest and disease control
      • Enhancing food safety
      • Developing new and improved seed varieties
      • Increasing consumption of specialty crops
      • Market development
      • Developing good agricultural handling and manufacturing practices
    • Eligibility
      • Government agencies – local, state and federal
      • Non-profit organizations
      • For-profit organizations
      • Colleges and universities
    • Projected timeline *subject to change by USDA*
February 2021Announce grant opportunity
March 19, 2021Application deadline
April 2021Evaluation and selection of applications
May 2021Oklahoma State Plan submitted to USDA-AMS
October 2021Award announcement from USDA-AMS
November 2021Disburse Contractual Agreements to Grantees
December 1, 20221st Annual Report Due
  • Specialty Crop Multi-State Program
    • Funded by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, the Specialty Crop Multi-State Grant Program works to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by funding collaborative, multi-state projects that address the following regional or national specialty crop issues: food safety, plant pests and disease, research, crop-specific projects addressing common issues, plant pests, and marketing and promotion. Projects must include at least two partners, must be located in different states and must be completed within 3 years. Interested parties should contact ODAFF.