Announcing $1.7 million in dairy funding

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Announcing $1.7 million in dairy funding

Mon, 08/15/2022 - 3:40am -- tim

NE-DBIC Funding Calendar

Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC), hosted by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, has announced three funding opportunities for dairy farmers and service providers.

On-Farm Milk Storage and Handling Grant
Dairy farmers may apply for funds to support the purchase of equipment and supplies to improve milk storage, handling, and energy efficiencies. Applicants can select from a list of eligible equipment. This grant has an application period of August 25th-October 6th. Grants will range from $15,000- $50,000 with a 25% match commitment. Match waivers may be available. Click here to learn more about the details of the grant.

Dairy Farm Cohort Technical Assistance Program
Service providers will be able to submit proposals to develop cohorts of dairy farmers to address relevant areas of technical assistance to their region. Building on the success of eight current cohorts funded by NE-DBIC, service providers can submit proposals for projects up to $150,000. Topics can focus on grazing, forage enhancement, innovative farm practices, marketing, and/or other areas of support for farmers. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is open now with a deadline of September 16th. Click here to learn more and to view the RFP. 

Dairy Farm Production Education Funding
Funds are available for service providers and dairy producer associations to develop events, webinars, educational series, or conferences to increase farmer-focused production and business viability education. Proposals will be accepted for projects up to $35,000. The RFP is open now with a deadline of September 16th. Click here to view the RFP. 

There will be additional opportunities rolling out in the next few months. Sign up for the NE-DBIC newsletter to stay up to date!

Click to View the NE-DBIC Funding Calendar
WLEI Funding Opportunities Overview

Working Lands Enterprise Initiative Grants are Open!

The first round of FY23 Working Lands Enterprise Initiative applications are open! The application submittal period is from August 12th-September 23rd. Click the links below for more information!

Producer Association Grants: 
Vermont-based nonprofit producer association groups that represent and promote Vermont agriculture, food, beverage, forest, or fiber products are welcome to apply. Awards range from $10,000-20,000. To review the request for applications, click here.

Service Provider Grants: 
Service Provider Grant projects will include the provision of direct and indirect services to support the development of Vermont-based working lands businesses through business assistance such as marketing plans, business and financial planning, and business transitions and succession. Awards range from $10,000-20,000. To review the request for applications, click here:

Deadline to Apply: September 23rd

$25 Million available for On Farm Conservation Innovation Grants

$25 Million Available for On-Farm Conservation Innovation Grants

The application period is now open for the Conservation Innovation Trials Program. This competitive grants program is offered through the USDA and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to support the development of new tools, approaches, practices, and technologies to further resource conservation on private lands. 

This year's funding priorities are climate-smart agricultural solutions, irrigation water management, nutrient management, and soil health. 

Applications are being accepted now through September 22nd. According to the NRCS, "private entities whose primary business is related to ag, nongovernmental agencies with experience working with ag producers, and non-federal government agencies are eligible to apply. 

Please see the Program webpage for more information.

Deadline to Apply: September 22nd

New Farm Succession Planning Resource

The UVM Extension Agricultural Business Team is offering free assistance to any Vermont farm business looking for support with succession planning.

This service is designed to help farmers identify the urgency of their needs, find appropriate resources and information based on those needs, and provide feedback on developing a plan to address them. 

You can fill out a short intake form to get started and a member of the team will connect with you. 

All services provided through this intake form are free and are for any type of farm business in Vermont. 

Find the intake form here

Raising Goats & Small Ruminants Workshop

Raising Goats & Small Ruminants Workshop

Join NOFA-VT and the Vermont Sheep & Goat Association at Ice House Farm for a tour of their regenerative farm practices and a Q&A session on livestock management and thoughtful caretaking.

Morgan and Chad Beckwith have been producing raw goat milk for kefir, yogurt, and cheese since 2016. This workshop gives you a chance to learn about herd health, grazing management, and milk production. 

The workshop is $25 for NOFA-VT members, $35 for non-members, and free for those identifying as BIPOC. It takes place at Ice House Farm, 421 Hathaway Road, Goshen, VT 05733. Registration is required.

Workshop: Aug. 27th from 1-3:00pm ET

International Workshop on Agritourism

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