April 04, 2024

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking subject matter experts to serve as peer reviewers to evaluate grant applications for the FY24 grant cycle.

Current Programs Seeking Peer Reviewers:

Reviewers should have knowledge or experience in agricultural systems, including but not limited to marketing, processing, distribution, and/or local and regional food systems. Producers and those with first-hand experience in food and farm businesses are encouraged to participate. Reviewers should be able to analyze grant applications against specific criteria and explain their evaluation.

Reviewers participate on a panel that evaluates applications against the published criteria in each grant programs’ Requests for Applications (RFA). The review is conducted remotely. Selected reviewers should expect to commit approximately 60 hours to the required training, review and discussion process over the course of six weeks. Reviews will take place during summer 2024.

Upon successful completion of all review responsibilities, non-federal reviewers will receive $200 for each assigned application evaluation. Non-federal panel chairs will receive an additional, one-time, flat payment for their role.

For additional information and to apply, visit How to Become an Application Reviewer.