Biologically Integrated Farming Systems Program
The Biologically Integrated Farming Systems program is now accepting applications.
|Request for proposals released||10 March 2020|
|First deadline to submit questions||24 March 2020|
|First answers to questions posted||27 March 2020|
|Public information session (teleconference)*||15 April 2020|
|Second deadline to submit questions||15 May 2020|
|Second answers to questions posted||19 May 2020|
|Grant proposals due||30 June 2020|
|Proposal evaluation period||1-31 July 2020|
|Award announcement||1 August 2020|
|Project implementation||1 November 2020|
* To join the teleconference, call 1-866-773-0618 and enter the Participant Code: 4636151. Teleconference will begin at 1:30 pm.
The previous Biologically Integrated Farming System (BIFS) program ran from 1995 to 2010 with a focus on fostering farmer-to-farmer information exchange and on-farm demonstration of integrated farming practices that promote IPM and biological systems for pest and nutrient management while allowing growers to maintain profitable businesses. Originally a project of Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), it transitioned to a grant program administered by the University of California (UC) Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP), based at UC Davis. The program received supplemental funding and cooperation from DPR and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The goal of the revitalized Biologically Integrated Farming Systems grant program is to provide outreach of innovative, biologically integrated plant-based farming systems that reduce chemical insecticide inputs. CDFA is responsible for supporting agricultural production in California by fostering innovative, efficient and scientifically sound practices. Projects from this program should demonstrate IPM-based alternative pest management options that focus on economical and efficacious biological and cultural pest management techniques that allow growers to maintain yields and quality.
Funding for this type of innovative biologically based pest management approach is awarded through a request for proposals. A link to the current RFP can be found in the Program Status section.