Scrapie & QFever Subgrant Program

The American Goat Federation (AGF) offers individual grants to state, regional and national organizations willing to provide information to goat producers about two subjects: 1) why Scrapie Eradication is important, and 2) the threat of Q Fever. These grants are made possible through a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS), Veterinary Services (VS). Twenty-five percent of each grant may be used for Q-Fever education. Any goat organization that can show it will reach a large number of producers and goat owners is welcome to apply for a grant and submit a plan on how they will execute the program.

Applications are accepted each Fall beginning in November and successful applicants are notified following the AGF Annual Meeting at the end of January. Announcement of the 2019 Program will be made on the AGF Website, Facebook Page, Newsletter, and in goat related publications willing to publicize the program.

Any goat organization that can show it will reach a large number of producers and goat owners is welcome to apply for a grant and submit a plan on how they will execute the program. This includes any junior organization whose presentation would be supervised by an adult (there is a specific presentation powerpoint for youth groups). The plan must include an educational component directly related to Scrapie which includes one or more of the following: proper identification, disease identification, testing and brain sampling and the importance and benefits of Scrapie eradication. A maximum of 25% of the awarded funds can also be spent on issues related to Coxiellosis/Q Fever. In addition to the grants, AGF will also offer assistance and PDF information to organizations who wish to provide information to their members and producers.

Outline for Use of Grant Funds: The activities funded under this grant can either be part of a larger seminar with presentations on other topics, or a seminar specifically about Scrapie and Q Fever. The Scrapie Eradication Education Power Point presentation and the separate Q Fever Power Point presentation must be either used as a presentation during a seminar or as a self contained slide show in a public area that attendees can watch at their convenience. AGF will provide flash drives containing information on Scrapie, Q Fever and other resources to distribute to adult (age 16 and up) attendees. The grant is to be used for speaker and travel cost for a knowledgeable expert to talk about scrapie and Q Fever, costs for handouts not provided by AGF, and any other expenses directly associated with providing this seminar, including the provision of simple refreshments. 25% of the grant can be used for the Q Fever portion of the seminar.

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