Vermont Department of Agriculture Food & Market The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC), sponsored by the Vermont Department of Agriculture, Food and Markets, has announced three funding opportunities for dairy farmers and service providers.
Grants for milk storage and handling on farms
Dairy farmers can apply for funding to help purchase equipment and supplies to improve milk storage, handling, and energy efficiency. Applicants can select from a list of eligible devices.The application period for this grant is August 25th to October 6thGrants range from $15,000 to $50,000 with a 25% match commitment. Match waivers may be available. For more information on grants, please click here.
Dairy Cohort Technical Assistance Program
Service providers can submit proposals for developing cohorts of dairy farmers to address relevant areas of technical assistance to the community. Based on the success of his eight current cohorts funded by NE-DBIC, service providers can submit project proposals up to $150,000. Topics can focus on grazing, forage fortification, innovative farming practices, marketing, and/or other areas that support farmers.A request for proposal (RFP) is now open, with a deadline of September 16thClick here for more information and to view the RFP.
Dairy Production Education Fund
Funds are available for service providers and dairy producer associations to develop events, webinars, educational series or conferences to enhance farmer-focused education on production and business viability. We accept project proposals up to $35,000. The RFP is now open and the deadline is September 16thClick here to view the RFP.
Additional opportunities will be rolled out in the coming months. Sign up for the NE-DBIC newsletter to stay up to date.
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