Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program


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. “This program aims to help address various barriers that can keep agricultural products from getting to market,” said Felicia Frost. Frost is the senior marketing specialist who administers the FSMIP for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA). FSMIP funding opportunities require a $1-for-$1 match in the form of cash or in-kind non-federal resources.

For more information, please visit the United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS) website


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

For more information regarding the requirements for the project proposal, please view the 2021 Request for Application

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The 2021 FSMIP grant application period is now closed.

The 2022 FSMIP application period is anticipated to re-open in early spring of 2022. Please continue to check our funding opportunities page, as information on the 2022 application period will be available here.


Project Proposals are Submitted to NMDA


Proposals are Reviewed by NMDA Staff and NM Secretary of Agriculture


Successful Applicants Complete Revised Proposals


NMDA Submits Proposals to USDA


USDA-AMS Review and Selection Process


Complete USDA-AMS Requested Revisions


Sub-Contracts Between Project Coordinators and NMSU/NMDA

**Dates will be provided for the 2022 FSMIP timeline as they become available**


  • 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

2021 Request for Application

Adobe PDF

Match Verification Template Letter

Word Document 

Partner Organization Template Letter

Word Document

  • 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: