Agricultural Business Assistance Programs

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Agricultural Business Assistance Programs

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UVM Extension Agricultural Business Programs

Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets UVM Extension Agricultural Business engages with farm, forest and maple enterprises using planning and educational resources to promote a strong agricultural economy. Below are some programs offered by their experienced teams that deliver one-on-one, small group and online learning opportunities that enhance decision-making and viability for Vermont producers:

The Farm Viability Program provides farm owners with business education resources, skills development, and planning services. One-on-one business planning is available to develop a variety of plan models including a comprehensive business plan, a cash flow plan, an enterprise analysis plan, a transition plan, and/or a transfer plan.

Join a Farmer Peer-to-Peer Discussion Cohort to increase your basic business management skills, discuss business needs and share ideas. This is a FREE 12-month program for qualifying farms that meets for a 4-hour session each month. Email Betsy Miller to learn more, for pre-screening and to receive an application.

Farm, Forest, and Maple Business Coaching Sessions offers one-on-one financial guidance and business planning for farm, forest, and maple business. These 90 minute sessions are designed to be flexible, so that your time is spent focusing on the topics that are important to you.

Explore All of UVM Extension Agriculture's Programs
State Economic & Infrastructure Development Investment Program Grants

The Northern Border Regional Commission, has announced its 2022 funding for the State Economic & Infrastructure Development (SEID) Investment Program. Funding is available for up to $1 million for large construction projects and up to $350,000 for non-infrastructure projects, such as business & workforce development, health care, and resource conservation, tourism, & recreation. Eligible entities are state and local governments, local planning commissions, and nonprofit entities. A required Letter of Interest is due April 22nd. Vermont applicants are strongly recommended to contact Kristie Farnham prior to applying to discuss your application.

Regiser for the NE-DBIC Dairy Distribution Study Presentation

Value-added dairy products like cheese and butter are a significant market opportunity for New England’s dairy industry. The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center worked with food system consultants KK&P to identify opportunities to strengthen the region's value-added dairy distribution network and increase value-added producers’ ability to access it. Join NE-DBIC on April 7 to hear KK&P's key findings and strategies from their examination of the Northeast dairy supply chain. Topics include supply chain brittleness, workforce, investments in distributors, marketing as a region, and supporting distribution readiness.
Presentation: Apr. 7 @ 10 am

The cognitive sciences now tell us what indigenous wisdom has always know: that being in Nature is an important component of both our physical and emotional wellbeing. The wellness industry is booming, and nature tourism is on the rise. So what role does agritourism play in amplifying social, individual, and planetary wellness?  Hear from panelists from New Zealand and the United States as they share their experiences with farms that work with health and healing on different levels. This webinar is a part of the International Workshop on Agritourism's monthly virtual series.
Webinar: Apr. 6 @ 11 a.m.

Center for an Agricultural Economy Vermont Farm Fund Loan Programs

The Vermont Farm Fund (VFF) provides no-hassle, friendly-term loans to Vermont farmers and food producers. The result is a growing community of farmers lending money to farmers when it is most needed, in a timely manner, and without a lot of red tape. The VFF offers two types of lending programs for farmers and food producers: Business Builder Loans that support investments for growth and New Producer Loans that support new infrastructure or equipment. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. VFF is a program of the Center for an Agricultural Economy in partnership with Pete's Greens.

USDA Value Added Producer Grant Applications Close April 25
View the VAAFM Grants Calendar
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