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Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP)


The purpose of the Federal State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) is to help identify and support new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products. FSMIP funds will support research projects that help address the challenges and opportunities in marketing, transportation, and distribution of U.S. food and agricultural products domestically and internationally. FSMIP funding opportunities require a $1-for-$1 match in the form of cash or in-kind non-federal resources.

How to Apply?

Eligible applicants for FSMIP are state departments of agriculture, state agricultural experiment stations, and other appropriate state agencies. The USDA-AMS defines the term “other appropriate state agency” as a state university, state college, or a state government entity, such as a state department of forestry, natural resources, or energy. In New Mexico, individuals, private or public, for-profit or nonprofit entities may submit a FSMIP project proposal for federal funding through the NMDA. Successful individuals or entities execute the work plan and all other aspects of the project proposal. NMDA administers the FSMIP’s federal funding by acting as the fiscal agent and monitors the progress of the accepted projects.

Project proposals must include:

  1. Project Narrative (15-page maximum)
    • Executive Summary
    • Alignment and Intent
    • Technical Merit – Work Plan
    • Achievability
    • Expertise and Partners
  2. Fiscal Plan and Resources (does not count towards 15-page project narrative maximum)
    • Budget Spreadsheet
    • Budget Narrative
  3. Personnel Qualifications – Resumes
  4. Matching Funds and Letters of Verification
  5. Letters of Commitment From Partner and Collaborator Organizations


  • Each project awarded through the FSMIP must be completed within 3 years.
  • The FSMIP encourages research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the U.S. agricultural marketing system.
  • Grant funds will not be awarded to projects with proposed activities related to construction or purchasing land for use by a non-federal entity.
  • Grant funds will not be awarded to projects that solely benefit one agricultural producer, entity, or individual.
  • Grant funds will not be awarded to projects that depend upon the completion of another project or the receipt of another grant.
  • Grant funds will not be awarded to projects that duplicate activities of a project that has received a federal award from another federal award program.

Additional Information

New Mexico’s previously funded FSMIP projects include:

  • Increase access to markets for New Mexico cattle and beef through research and dissemination
  • Developing a value-added beef branding program in the state
  • Enhancing regional marketing efforts for the state’s red and green chile

For more information and/or questions about the FSMIP, please send an email to either of the following: