VAAFM: Primary Producer Impact Grant Opening Soon!

Vermont Agri-Food and Markets Agency Are you a major producer of agricultural or forestry products and looking for funds to support market development, research and design, infrastructure improvements, energy projects or training and workforce development?

Applications for the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative Primary Producer Impact Grant funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) will be available soon! The call for applications will be released on October 28 and the application portal will be open from November 9 to December 16. The application is a two-stage process and applicants who progress to the second round will be notified in early February 2023. The expected start date of the project is early summer 2023.

Applicants can apply for grants between $50,000 and $250,000 and must provide a 100% match. Only primary producers of agricultural and forestry products are eligible to apply for an ARPA-funded Primary Producer Impact Grant.

Examples of eligible primary production activities are agriculture, animal husbandry, sugar production, dairy products and logging. Applicants will be required to provide a descriptive description of their main manufacturing activities and submit documents to confirm their status as a main manufacturer.

Primary producers seeking smaller grant dollars or secondary processors/producers should apply for a Business Improvement Grant, due October 28

SIAL Canada Pavilion Information Session

SIAL Canada 2023 Information Session

The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) is recruiting cheese makers and producers of other specialty dairy products to showcase their products at SIAL Canada.

SIAL is Canada’s largest international food and beverage trade show, taking place in Toronto from May 9 to 11, 2023. As part of a regional value-added dairy pavilion hosted by NE-DBIC, businesses will benefit from from a range of services and subsidized booth space.

Interested in learning more? Register now for NE-DBIC’s one-hour SIAL Canada participant information session on October 25.

Information session: October 25 at 12:30 pm ET

AgDev Sunday Newsletter Feedback Survey

AgDev Sunday Newsletter Feedback Survey

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets’ Division of Agricultural Development is seeking feedback on our weekly newsletter.

What started as a way to distribute up-to-date resources to the food and farming community during the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved into a weekly newsletter highlighting funding and education opportunities.

We are looking for specific feedback to inform the direction of the newsletter.
If you would like to participate, your answers should not take more than five minutes. We truly appreciate your helping us improve this community resource.

Complete the feedback survey

Telling Your Forest Story Workshop Series.

Telling Your Forest Story Workshop Series.

Join the Northeast Forestry Center for a series of marketing seminars specifically for wood products businesses.

Are you a wood products business looking to create or refine your story? Looking for a competitive edge with your marketing that captures the story behind your product?

Telling Your Forest Story is a series of online workshops designed to help you better understand and incorporate your wood origin story into your business philosophy and marketing messages.

This free seminar series consists of six online sessions followed by ten hours of technical assistance from a marketing expert. You must attend all six sessions to receive technical assistance.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Workshop Series Begins: October 25th

VEDA Short Term Forgivable Loans Application

Application for short term forgivable loans opens soon

The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has funding available through the America’s Rescue Plan Act to support businesses that continue to experience economic damage from COVID-19.

On November 1 the application will be open to all business sectors. Until now, it was only available to priority businesses as determined by the state of Vermont.

Businesses must have fewer than 500 employees, be in business as of March 13, 2020, and demonstrate economic harm from COVID-19.

Here you can download the application pack, which includes a tool to calculate your eligibility and the size of your potential loan. Applicants are encouraged to seek technical assistance to determine eligibility.

Application opens: November 1

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