Agricultural Business Assistance Programs | Vermont Business Magazine


Vermont Agency for Agriculture, Food and Markets UVM Extension Agricultural Business engages with agriculture, forestry, and maple syrup businesses using planning and education resources to promote a strong agricultural economy. Below are a few programs offered by their experienced teams that provide one-on-one, small group, and online learning opportunities that improve decision-making and viability for Vermont growers:

the Farm viability Program provides farm owners with business education resources, skills development and planning services. Individual business planning is available to develop a variety of plan templates, including a comprehensive business plan, cash flow plan, business analysis plan, transition plan and/or transfer.

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

Agricultural, forestry and maple coaching sessions offers individual financial advice and business planning for agriculture, forestry and maple syrup businesses. These 90-minute sessions are designed to be flexible, so you can spend your time focusing on the topics that are important to you.

State Economic and Infrastructure Development Investment Program Grants

The Northern Frontier Regional Commission has announced its 2022 funding for the State Economic and Infrastructure Development (SEID) Investment Program. Funding is available up to $1 million for major construction projects and up to $350,000 for non-infrastructure projects, such as business and labor development, health care and resource conservation, tourism and recreation. Eligible entities are state and local governments, local planning commissions, and not-for-profit entities. A required letter of interest is due April 22. Vermont applicants are strongly recommended to contact Kristie Farnham prior to applying to discuss your application.

Registration for the presentation of the NE-DBIC study on the distribution of dairy products

Value-added dairy products such as cheese and butter represent an important market outlet 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 the ability of value-added producers to access it. Join NE-DBIC on April 7 to hear KK&P’s key findings and strategies from their review of the North East dairy supply chain. Topics include supply chain fragility, labor, investments in distributors, marketing as a region, and supporting distribution readiness.
Presentation: April 7 at 10 a.m.

Cognitive science is now telling us what indigenous wisdom has always known: that being in nature is an important component of our physical and emotional well-being. The wellness industry is booming and nature tourism is booming. So what role does agritourism play in amplifying social, individual, and planetary well-being? Hear panelists from New Zealand and the United States share their experiences with farms working with health and healing on different levels. This webinar is part of the International Workshop on Agritourism monthly virtual series.
Webinar: April 6 at 11 a.m.

Center for an Agricultural Economy Vermont Farm Fund Loan Programs

The Vermont Farm Fund (VFF) offers hassle-free loans on favorable terms to Vermont farmers and food producers. The result is a growing community of farmers who lend money to farmers when they need it most, in a timely manner and without a lot of paperwork. The VFF offers two types of loan programs for farmers and food producers: start-up loans that support investments for growth and new producer loans that support new infrastructure or equipment. Nominations 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

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