Knauss Fellowship 2022

The application period is currently open for the 2022 John A. Knauss Fellowship. This year-long fellowship matches recent graduate students with federal agencies in the legislative and executive branch of government for hands-on training in science policy and resource management.

Want to learn more? Join our webinar on January 20, 2021 to get application tips and learn more about the program.

Read this interview with Knauss alumna Alexis Jackson about her experience with the Knauss Fellowship and her career in fisheries management.
Knauss Fellowship Informational Webinar 
January 20, 2021 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm PST
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California Small Business Covid-19 Relief Grant Program Applications

California Small Business Covid-19 Relief Grant program applications opened December 30, 2020. Thousands of small businesses have already applied, and The California Department of Small Business Advocates are aware that with this large application volume, many small businesses are experiencing delays or challenges with the application portal.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with the high volume demand today, please circle back to the application portal.

The CA Relief Grant program is not setup as first come, first serve and will not close early, so if you face technical issues during the process, the application can be submitted for first round consideration any time between now and January 8, 2021 at 11:59PM. Webinars are offered daily by SBDCs at 11 A.M. to introduce you to the application process – click here to register.

Lendistry is working quickly to improve access issues. Please take the opportunity to go to the website, review eligibility requirements and the application process to ready your documents and connect with a local partner.

Know that the program is not the end of the State’s assistance for small businesses and nonprofits. The Governor, Legislature, GO-Biz and CalOSBA continue to work towards more support to help your small business recover during the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development

Growers who are looking to make investments are encouraged to look at the USDA’s Rural Development grant programs and loan guarantee programs.  There is a lot of information for farmers looking to improve energy efficiency and upgrade facilities; whether it is farm buildings or reefers – there a program for you:

https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/business-industry-loan-guarantees

https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-business-development-grants

https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/business-and-industry-cares-act-program

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for Aquaculture Producers

Aquaculture species raised by commercial operators in water in a controlled environment may be eligible for CFAP 2. This includes molluscan shellfish and seaweed. Learn more at farmers.gov/cfap/aquaculture.

Apply for CFAP 2 by December 11, 2020, through your local USDA Farm Service Agency.

Learn more at farmers.gov/cfap or call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance. 

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Research Breakthrough Achieves Fish-Free Aquaculture Feed That Raises Key Standards

November 12, 2020
By Allison Arteaga Soergel

After six years of research, a team of scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz has developed a cost-effective new aquaculture feed that eliminates conventional fish meal and fish oil ingredients while also providing better fish weight gain and higher nutritional value in the filet for humans. The new fish-free feed is the first to demonstrate across-the-board gains in sustainability, performance, economic viability, and human health.

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California Seaweed Festival

The California Seaweed Festival came about from the decades of studying seaweeds, admiring their beauty and learning ways that seaweeds make life better. Many Californians don’t know about the vast kinds of seaweeds that flourish on our coast. With help from California Sea Grant, the first California Seaweed Festival has been organized in 2020, to celebrate all things seaweed in California! For more information, please select: California Seaweed Festival.

Dates will also be listed on our Events page.

Three Categories of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 Payments

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) provides producers with financial assistance that gives them the ability to absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA will accept CFAP 2 applications through December 11, 2020.

There are a wide variety of commodities eligible for CFAP 2 – from alpacas to zucchini. CFAP 2 payments will be made for three categories of commodities – Price Trigger Commodities, Flat-Rate Crops, and Sales Commodities. 

Learn more at farmers.gov/cfap or call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance. 

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USDA Supports Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

By Sarah Campbell, USDA National Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coordinator · Oct 28, 2020

If you’re new to farming or ranching, access to capital is one of your biggest needs, whether it’s to purchase property or equipment, or to meet operating costs.  USDA offers a variety of loans, which can help producers start or grow their operations.

We know the need is great, and we partnered with the Farm Credit Administration to hold a virtual lending summit, bringing together USDA and our commercial lending partners where we discussed ways to maximize opportunities for new farmers. During this event, a panel of beginning farmers and ranchers discussed their relationships with agricultural lenders and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) highlighting the importance of having a lender they can work with to grow their business.

Read More: How USDA Support New Farmers & Ranchers

Marine Aquaculture Pilot Projects

Deadline for written questions: 11.20.2020
Deadline for submission: 12.14.2020

The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC), in cooperation and funding from the NOAA Fisheries Office of Aquaculture, will be issuing approximately $642,000 in grants to fund marine aquaculture pilot projects focusing on sustainable aquatic farming techniques and regional business practices to grow U.S. domestic seafood.

Download the full Request for Proposals (RFP) @ — Download RFP

NOAA Sea Grant & Ocean Acidification Program Funding Opportunity


Dungeness crabs fresh off a commercial fishing boat in Newport, Oregon (Stephen Ward | Oregon Sea Grant).
The National Sea Grant Office and the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program are funding a joint competition to fund proposals that seek to establish, continue, and/or expand collaborations between researchers and the shellfish aquaculture industry. Specifically, applications to this competition should utilize new or existing research/industry partnerships to study how ocean and coastal acidification in combination with other stressors impacts shellfish aquaculture. Applications must include at least one researcher and one shellfish grower acting as co-Principal Investigators, and the proposed work must utilize a co-production of knowledge framework.  

Eligible applicants are United States institutions of higher education; other nonprofits; commercial organizations; state, local, and tribal governments.  

Total funding for this competition includes up to $2,000,000 in federal funds to support 2-6 projects. Each project will be funded at the approximate level of $100,000 – $300,000 per year for 1-3 years.  

Read the formal announcement on Grants.gov NOAA-OAR-SG-2021-2006704.   An informational webinar will be held in November, date to be announced.  

Letters of Intent due December 15, 2020 via email (oar.hq.sg.aquaculture@noaa.gov)   Full proposals due March 16, 2021 via Grants.gov  

This information is also available at https://seagrant.noaa.gov/Funding.  

Resources and forms, including a new application package checklist, are available on the Implementation page of Inside Sea Grant.  

Questions about this competition Funding Opportunity may be sent to Sea Grant (oar.hq.sg.aquaculture@noaa.gov) and/or the Ocean Acidification Program (erica.h.ombres@noaa.gov). Please specify that your question is related to this competition in the subject line.