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Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification (YFSEC) Program

The Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification Program (YFSEC) supports national efforts to deliver timely, pertinent, and appropriate training to youth seeking employment or already employed in agricultural production. The program has critical ties to the current regulations for youth employment in agriculture, especially the exemptions provided in 29 CFR Part 570, subpart E-1 for youth under the age of 16 employed in some agricultural occupations having obtained certification. Significant changes in agricultural production and in the agricultural workforce since this regulation took effect in the early 1970's have encouraged the USDA to consider training and certification innovations along with developing appropriate training and restrictions on youth employment in hazardous agricultural jobs. YFSEC's funding has appeared under the Smith-Lever 3 (d) line for Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification since 2001.

Who Is Eligible to Apply

  • 1862 Land-Grant Institutions
  • 1890 Land-Grant Institutions
  • Other or Additional Information (See below)
  • More Information on Eligibility

    Applications may be submitted by Cooperative Extension at 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, including Tuskegee University and West Virginia State University, at 1862 Land-Grant Colleges and Universities, and the University of the District of Columbia. An applicants failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the time of an application deadline will preclude NIFA from reviewing their application or making an award.

    Request for Application (RFA) | Apply: Electronic | Abstracts of Funded Projects

    Solicitation Date (Opening) November 9, 2009
    Letter of Intent Due Date None
    Due Date (Closing)
    January 21, 2010
    Anticipated Award Date
    May 3, 2010
    Estimated Total Program Funding $466,650.00
    Range of Awards $100,000.00 to $300,000.00
    Percent of Applications Funded Last Fiscal Year 50%
    Cost Sharing Requirements None
    For More Information Contact Bradley Rein P.E.
    Funding Opportunity Number USDA-NIFA-SLBCD-002673
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