Cooperative Agriculture


The objectives for the use of cooperative agriculture in the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) are: Production or modification of specific cover types and/or growing methods that meet the life history requirements of species for which we have established objectives (e.g., waterfowl production); and Production of foods for wildlife species for which we have established objectives or maintenance, rehabilitation, or reestablishment of natural habitat.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
I - Use of Property, Facilities, and Equipment
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, 16 U.S.C. §§661–666; Migratory Bird Conservation Act,16 U.S.C. §715 et seq.; National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act, 16 U.S.C. §§668dd-ee; and Refuge Revenue Sharing Act,16 U.S.C. §715s.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants must be private individuals or small business entities.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Selected cooperators who conduct cooperative agriculture on NWRS lands under this program, excluding coordination areas (which are areas managed by the Service in coordination with the States).
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The program will post an annual Notice of Participation Opportunity on The annual notice will provide a link to the NWRS website where individual cooperative agricultural opportunities will be posted as they become available ( Individual cooperative agriculture opportunities will also be advertised through other national, regional, and local outreach channels as determined by the Service to be appropriate. The notice for each new opportunity will include a general description of the opportunity, the objective criteria the Service will use to evaluate applicants, the application due date, and application instructions. Individual cooperative agriculture agreements are typically approved for a 3-5 year period. Once that period ends, the Service will determine if those same cooperative agriculture activities should continue. If the Service will continue those same cooperative agriculture activities, a new individual cooperative agriculture opportunity will be posted on the NWRS website and made available for eligible entities to apply. In general and at a minimum, applicants must provide completed FWS Form 3-1383- C ( to apply for a cooperative agricultural opportunity. The Service will accept applications at the local refuge or complex office listed in the Notice in compliance with the terms and conditions in the Notice.
Award Procedure
The Service will score each application based on the objective criteria outlined in the NOFO, specific opportunity requirements, and factors that make a potential recipient uniquely qualified. The Service will select the applicant best suited to conduct cooperative agriculture on NWRS lands. The Service will notify all applicants individually within 90 days after the closing of the opportunity notice. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified in writing describing why they were unsuccessful and of their right to appeal any adverse decision in accordance with 50 CFR 25.45.
Application deadlines will be posted at:
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Objective criteria may vary depending on the needs and objectives of a refuge (or other NWRS lands). Objective criteria may include: (1) Experience in the type of agricultural opportunity posted, especially personal experience on NWRS lands or comparable land; (2) Experience and ability to successfully cultivate crops or produce specific cover types and/or growing methods that meet the life history requirements of species for which we have established objectives under Service or similar restrictions; (3) Having the proper equipment, materials, labor, and/or other resources to participate in the cost-sharing nature of a CAA; and (4) Other objective criteria necessary to ensure the cooperative agriculture meets the resource management objectives of the NWRS lands.
How may assistance be used?
Varies by agreement.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: The Service monitors cooperator performance and compliance with agreement terms and conditions as part of our substantial involvement responsibilities under this program.
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
No funding is available under these agreements. Successful applicants will receive written notice that they have been selected as the cooperator and instructions about next steps. Successful applicants will typically be notified by e-mail, or mail if e-mail is unavailable. CAA’s are based on the application submitted to, and as approved by, the Service. Applicants who are not selected as cooperators will receive written notice, most often by e-mail, or mail if e-mail is unavailable, within 90 days of the final review decision.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Aaron Mize
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System Headquarters,
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 US
Phone: (703)358-2678
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Use of Property, Facilities, and Equipment) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$0.00; - This is a nonfinancial assistance program. This assistance is the loan of, use, or access to federal facilities or property wherein the federally owned facilities or property do not remain in the possession of the recipient of assistance.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$0. This is a nonfinancial assistance program.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
For information about Program policy and guidelines see Service policy 620 FW 2, Cooperative Agriculture Use Policy in the Fish and Wildlife Service.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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