Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets announces funding opportunities for Vermont specialty crops


The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Meals & Markets (VAAFM) declares $500,000 in grant funds to strengthen Vermont’s specialty crop industries and producer associations. Specialty crops are outlined as fruits, greens, tree nuts, horticulture crops (collectively with honey, hops, maple syrup and mushrooms), and nursery crops (collectively with Christmas timber and floriculture).  

Two funding alternatives Can be found.  candidates ought to apply by February 27, 2022 at 11:59 PM. 

  1. 2022 Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program  
    Grant funds will enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by (1) leveraging efforts to market and promote specialty crops, (2) aiding producers with evaluation and enhancement, (3) growing availability and entry to specialty crops, or (4) addressing native, regional, and nationwide challenges for producers. Any entity might apply, however tasks should revenue A quantity of specialty crop enterprise, particular person, or group. 
  2. Specialty Crop Producer Affiliation Grant 
    Grant funds will set up or strengthen producer associations and cooperatives that serve Vermont specialty crop companies. Eligible candidates are producer associations, cooperatives, and teams of producers/companies. Service suppliers that serve producer associations, cooperatives, and teams of producers are furtherly eligible. This funding alternative Is potential As a Outcome of of further federal funding from a COVID-19 associated stimulus invoice.  

VAAFM will conduct an information session webinar for all potential candidates on January Twenty seventh, 2022 at 2:00 PM–3:30 PM.

For extra information:
Gina Clithero
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Meals and Markets 
Tel.: +1 (802) 585-6225 
E-mail: [email protected]