On Tuesday, September 27th, Us. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of $500 million in grants through the Fertilizer Production Expansion Program (FPEP). The new grant program is part of a whole-of-government effort to promote competition in agricultural markets. Grants will be used to support independent, innovative and sustainable American fertilizer production to supply American farmers. Funds also will expand the manufacturing and processing of fertilizer and nutrient alternatives in the U.S. and its territories. The application period begins Friday, September 30, 2022. 

There are two opportunities for submission. Applications submitted in the first window must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 14, 2022. The second window closes at 11:59p.m. Eastern Time on December 29, 2022. Applications received after December 29, 2022 will not be considered for funding. Applications must be filed through  www.grants.gov

For more information, visit the USDA Rural Development website here.