Applications open for Working Lands Business Enhancement Grants

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Applications open for Working Lands Business Enhancement Grants

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WLEI Business Enhancement Grants

Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets Is your business a part of the farm and forest economy? Are you in need of funding for a capital project you've been planning? The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative has funding available through their Business Enhancement Grant, formerly known as the Standard Business Grant.

The Business Enhancement Grant can fund projects up to $35,000 that focus on market development, research & development, infrastructure, energy, workforce training and development, and more! 

Projects must have a 100% (one to one) match that can be cash or a combination of cash and in-kind items. Projects must be completed within 12 months. 

The application is open now through October 28th. You can review the request for applications here and begin your application here

If you have questions or would like to be connected to a business advisor that can help you think through your project concept, please contact Clare Salerno, Agriculture Development Specialist, at [email protected].

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Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival

Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival

The 34th Annual Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival is coming this weekend in Tunbridge! The Festival aims to showcase natural fibers and the fiber arts while entertaining the public and promoting small farms and fiber businesses. 

This year's Festival has everything from vendors and a fleece show/sale to fiber arts classes, shearing demos, and an animal barn!

The Festival begins at 10am on Saturday October 1st and runs through 5pm on October 2nd. You can view a full schedule here

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Advance tickets not required, just come down to the Tunbridge Fairgrounds! 

Festival: October 1st & 2nd

Beef Price Reporting

Monthly Beef Pricing Reports

The Agency of Agriculture collects monthly data from beef producers across the state to produce reports highlighting retail and wholesale beef prices. 

If you are a consumer interested in getting fairly priced beef or a producer trying to accurately price your products, these reports should be a helpful and up-to-date resource. 

Data is collected with funding assistance from the USDA Market News Division. You can click here to access last month's report.

If you are a beef farmer interested in participating in the program, please contact Drew Watson at [email protected]. Farms receive $15 per monthly submission.

Access this great resource here

Five-Star Farmstays

Five-Star Farmstays Course

Have you been thinking about adding overnight stays to your farm or ranch business? Here's a way to help you get a jump start without reinventing the wheel.

Five-Star Farmstays is a course aimed at taking you inside the real host experience with practical, useful tips to increase your farm income. 

The course includes online modules to take at your own pace plus resource materials to keep forever. There's also live Q&A, a private Facebook Group cohort, and email access to get your questions answered. 

The course is taught by Jenn Colby, owner of Howling Wolf Farm and a farmstay host, in Randolph. 

The course is $199 and can be paid in installments. Registration is required. 

Course Begins: October 10th

Vaccines and Herd Health Webinar

Vaccines and Herd Health Webinar

Join UVM Extension and Dr. Dayna Locitzer for a webinar on the importance of vaccines for the health of your herd. 

Vaccine are an important preventative tool in cow health, but they are only helpful when used appropriately. 

This 3-hour free webinar will cover how cow vaccines work, what diseases they can prevent, and how to select the right vaccines for your herd. 

Dr. Dayna Locitzer has over 10 years of experience working with pasture-based dairies in the Northeast. She currently works as a large animal veterinarian at the Green Mountain Bovine Clinic in Chesterfield, New Hampshire. 

Registration is required. A zoom link will be sent to registered participants prior to the webinar. 

Webinar: Oct. 6th from 10-1:00pm ET

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