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WHAT DOES IT FUND? The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) offers grant funds to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets. There are two types of project applications are accepted under LFPP - planning grants and implementation grants. Click here for more information.
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? Producer networks or associations, community supported agriculture (CSA) networks or associations, food councils, local governments, non-profit corporations, public benefit corporations, economic development corporations, regional farmers market authorities, and tribal governments 
WHEN'S IT DUE? June 18, 2019 
WHAT DOES IT FUND? The purpose of the Farmers Market Promotion Program is to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of, domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. Click here for more information.
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? Producer networks or associations, community supported agriculture (CSA) networks or associations, food councils, local governments, non-profit corporations, public benefit corporations, economic development corporations, regional farmers market authorities, and tribal governments 
WHEN'S IT DUE? June 18, 2019 
WHAT DOES IT FUND? The RTCA Program supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country. The program partners conservation and recreation planning professionals with award recipients to help local communities realize their conservation and outdoor recreation vision and provide a broad range of service and skills. Rather than providing monetary awards, this program provides technical assistance from National Park Service (NPS) staff. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? Local or state government agencies, tribes, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups 
WHEN'S IT DUE? June 30, 2019 
WHAT DOES IT FUND? Formerly known as the TIGER grant program, the BUILD program supports surface transportation projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to: highway, bridge, or other road projects; public transportation projects; port infrastructure investments; and intermodal projects. Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? State, local, and tribal governments, including U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other political subdivisions of State or local governments 
WHEN'S IT DUE? July 15, 2019 
WHAT DOES IT FUND? FSS provides grants to Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) and tribes/Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) to support the salaries and training needs of FSS Program Coordinators who assist participating families receiving housing assistance through the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), RAD-affected Project-Based Voucher (PBV), and Public Housing (PH) programs.This program supports new applicants, and is separate from the annual FSS Renewal NOFA which supports previously funded applicants. Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? PHAs that were not funded under the FY16-FY18 FSS NOFA competitions 
WHEN'S IT DUE? June 13, 2019 
WHAT DOES IT FUND? This program provides funding to eligible entities to deliver Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed, and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field. Click here for more information. 
WHO'S ELIGIBLE? Units of local government, land clearance authorities, regional councils. redevelopment agencies, government entities created by a state legislature, states, Indian Tribes, Alaskan Native Regional Corporations, Alaskan Native Village Corporations, the Metlakatla Indian community, and non-profit organizations
WHEN'S IT DUE? June 10, 2019 

The House and Senate are in recess until Monday, April 29. Last week, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) outlined the House’s upcoming agenda for May, saying that the House will be voting on: the Climate Action Now Act (H.R. 9), which would keep the United States in the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change; the Equality Act (H.R. 5), which would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity at work and in public facilities; immigration measures, including those addressing migrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and undocumented immigrants that came to the U.S. as children, known as Dreamers; healthcare legislation aimed at shoring up the Affordable Care Act and tackling rising drug prices; the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019 (H.R. 2157), an expanded disaster relief funding package which includes an additional $3 billion to address urgent needs following flooding in the Midwest and tornadoes in the South; and another short-term authorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which expires on May 31. Hoyer also stated that the House will focus on passing individual FY 2020 Appropriations bills in June and indicated that Congress must raise the federal debt ceiling by September or October in order to avoid a default.

When the Senate returns, it will consider eight executive and judicial nominations, including: William Cooper to be General Counsel of the Department of Energy; R. Clarke Cooper to be an Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs; Gordon Hartogensis to be Director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation; J. Campbell Barker to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas; Andrew Brasher to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama; Rodolfo Ruiz II to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida; Raul Arias-Marxuach to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico; and Joshua Wolson to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr told Congress last Tuesday that he will be releasing a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s nearly 400-page report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, likely on Thursday, April 18. Barr would not discuss the substance of the Special Counsel’s investigation into possible connections between Russia and President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, but he did explain some of what to expect when the report is released: he said the redactions will be color-coded and accompanied by notes explaining any decisions to withhold information.

On Monday, President Trump will travel to Nuss Truck and Equipment in Burnsville, Minnesota to promote the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and hold a roundtable discussion on the economy and tax reform. On Tuesday, Trump will speak at an Opportunity Zone Conference with state, local, tribal and community leaders. On Thursday, he will participate in the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride with First Lady Melania Trump.

 

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/herman-cain-expected-withdraw-fed-reserve-board-governors/story?id=62346264
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-says-administration-giving-strong-consideration-to-releasing-immigrant-detainees-in-sanctuary-cities/2019/04/12/5c5f2504-5d2d-11e9-842d-7d3ed7eb3957_story.html?utm_term=.6f6089acab65
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/4/12/18306608/senate-judges-confirmation-rules-change

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