Agricultural Business Assistance Programs | Vermont Business Magazine

Vermont Agriculture Agency Food and Markets UVM Extension Agricultural Business engages with agricultural, forestry, and maple businesses using educational and planning resources to promote a strong agricultural economy. Below are some programs offered by their experienced teams that provide individual, 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. Custom 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 Plan.

join a Farmer Peer Discussion Cohort to increase your basic business management skills, analyze business needs and share ideas. This is a FREE 12-month program for qualified farms that meets for one 4-hour session each month. Email Betsy Miller for more information, for pre-screening, and to receive an application.

Farm, Forest and Maple Business Coaching Sessions offers personalized financial guidance and business planning for agriculture, forestry, and maple businesses. These 90-minute sessions are designed to be flexible so that your time is spent on the topics that are important to you.

State Infrastructure and Economic Development Investment Program Grants

The Northern Border Regional Commission has announced its 2022 funding for the State Infrastructure and Economic Development (SEID) Investment Program. Financing is available for up to $1 million for large construction projects and up to $350,000 for non-infrastructure projects such as business and job development, health care and resource conservation, tourism and recreation. Eligible entities are state and local governments, local planning commissions, and non-profit entities. The required letter of interest is due on April 22. Vermont applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Kristie Farnham prior to applying to discuss her application.

Registrar for NE-DBIC Dairy Product Distribution Study Submission

Value-added dairy products such as cheese and butter are a significant market opportunity for the New England dairy industry. The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center worked with food systems 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 its examination of the Northeast dairy supply chain. Topics include supply chain fragility, workforce, distributor investments, marketing as a region, and supporting distribution readiness.
Presentation: April 7 at 10 am

Cognitive science now tells 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 on the rise. So what role does agritourism play in amplifying social, individual and planetary well-being? Hear from panelists from New Zealand and the United States as they share their experiences with farms working with health and healing on different levels. This webinar is part of the International Workshop on Agrotourism of monthly virtual series.
Webinar: April 6 at 11 am

Center for Agricultural Economics Vermont Farm Fund Loan Programs

The Vermont Farm Fund (VFF) provides hassle-free, friendly installment loans 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 red tape. The VFF offers two types of loan programs for farmers and food producers: Business Development Loans that support investments for growth and New Producer Loans that support new infrastructure or equipment. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. VFF is a program of the Center for Agricultural Economics in partnership with Pete’s Greens.

USDA Value-Added Producer Grant Applications Close April 25

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