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

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) announces $500,000 in grant funds to strengthen Vermont’s specialty crop industries and producer associations. Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture crops (including honey, hops, maple syrup and mushrooms), and nursery crops (including Christmas trees and floriculture).  

Two funding opportunities are available. Interested applicants should 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) assisting producers with research and development, (3) expanding availability and access to specialty crops, or (4) addressing local, regional, and national challenges for producers. Any entity may apply, but projects must benefit more than one specialty crop business, individual, or organization. 
  2. Specialty Crop Producer Association Grant 
    Grant funds will establish or strengthen producer associations and cooperatives that serve Vermont specialty crop businesses. Eligible applicants are producer associations, cooperatives, and groups of producers/businesses. Service providers that serve producer associations, cooperatives, and groups of producers are also eligible. This funding opportunity is possible thanks to additional federal funding from a COVID-19 related stimulus bill.  

VAAFM will conduct an information session webinar for all prospective applicants on January 27th, 2022 at 2:00 PM–3:30 PM.

For more information:
Gina Clithero
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets 
Tel.: +1 (802) 585-6225 
Email: AGR.SpecialtyCrops@vermont.gov


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