Working Lands Enterprise Board announces $3.1 million 2022 impact grants

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Working Lands Enterprise Board announces $3.1 million 2022 impact grants

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 3:08am -- tim


Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets The Working Lands program continues to increase its historic funding for those who make their living off the land. This May, the program awarded $3.1 million in grants that will help grow agriculture and forest businesses in Vermont. New Supply Chain and Market Level Impact specific grants will help businesses leverage supply chain partnerships at a significant scale, with awards of up to $250K. Please follow the link in each category to view the individual businesses receiving 2022 program funds.

Supply Chain Impact - $654,800 awarded
Grants include funding to assist with developing or expanding supply chain partnerships that positively impact multiple businesses within a grantee's own supply chain. Funding will support increased production, processing, and/or distribution to reach new or larger markets, research, and development of new products and/or sales avenues for multiple enterprises, (e.g., e-commerce, home delivery, curb, blockchain technologies).  

Market Level Infrastructure Impact – $2,526,860 awarded
Grants will allow businesses to enhance production and processing for value-added agriculture and/or manufacturing efficiencies; transition to operating as a new processor or expand as an existing processor; add automation to eliminate bottlenecks and address logistics challenges along the supply chain. Grants for forest-based products focused on producing, screening, weighing, and/or packaging wood fuel products (firewood, pellets, or chips) for heating; kiln or flow-through dryers, and increasing commercial sawmill throughput or efficiency.

Read the Full Working Lands Press Release

Paul Frank + Collins will be providing a free Building Executive Business Skills (BEBS) program to Vermont working lands businesses thanks to a grant from the Working Lands Enterprise Fund. All businesses in Vermont’s farm and forest economy are welcome to participate. The program will run for two consecutive six-month periods, session 1: May through October 2022 and session 2: November 2022 through April 2023. Each session will feature monthly group trainings and individual sessions over a combination of in-person and video conference sessions. To enroll, please email Laurie Noyes with the name of your business, your location, and your preferred session.

Enroll for Session 1 By: May 16

Caledonia Spirits is excited to introduce their first season of Bee Scholarships. Farmers' market vendors selling honey, or products made from or with Vermont honey and Vermont beeswax, can now apply for a Caledonia Spirits Bee Scholarship.

This is an innovative, easy-to-access scholarship meant to support the cost of selling products at farmers markets by providing funds to cover market membership or fees, or vending infrastructure including tents and tables. This scholarship is funded by Caledonia Spirits and created with support from the Vermont Farmers Market Association, a program of NOFA-VT.

Applications Due: May 20

Join the Center for Rural Affairs this spring for Soil Health Virtual Learning Circles featuring presenters on soil health and soil conservation topics for your farm. The six free one-hour Learning Circles will be done via video conferencing and are taught in both English and Spanish. The upcoming third webinar in the series will feature a soil health overview.

Acompañenos virtualmente esta primavera a nuestros Circulos de Aprendizaje para la Salud del Suelo de una hora, destacando temas por presentadores en Inglés y Español acerca de la salud y conservacion del suelo.

Next Webinar: May 16 @ 7 p.m.

2022 Agroforestry Training Academy

The University of Missouri's Agroforestry Training Academy is an intensive educational program designed for agriculture and natural resources professionals & farmers to gain an in-depth understanding of agroforestry practices, design concepts, species selection and management, economics and marketing, and more.

The five-week online course will feature recorded presentations and extensive course materials; consultation sessions with agroforestry professionals; virtual farm tours; and networking opportunities. Pricing starts at $350 for the online course only.

Training Academy: May 16-June 17

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