Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC), hosted by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, has announced three funding opportunities for dairy farmers and service providers.
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On-Farm Milk Storage and Handling Grant

Dairy farmers may apply for funds to support the purchase of equipment and supplies to improve milk storage, handling, and energy efficiencies. Applicants can select from a list of eligible equipment. This grant has an application period of August 25th-October 6th. Grants will range from $15,000- $50,000 with a 25% match commitment. Match waivers may be available. Click here(link is external) to learn more about the details of the grant.

Dairy Farm Cohort Technical Assistance Program

Service providers will be able to submit proposals to develop cohorts of dairy farmers to address relevant areas of technical assistance to their region. Building on the success of eight current cohorts funded by NE-DBIC, service providers can submit proposals for projects up to $150,000. Topics can focus on grazing, forage enhancement, innovative farm practices, marketing, and/or other areas of support for farmers. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is open now with a deadline of September 16th. Click here(link is external) to learn more and to view the RFP.

Dairy Farm Production Education Funding

Funds are available for service providers and dairy producer associations to develop events, webinars, educational series, or conferences to increase farmer-focused production and business viability education. Proposals will be accepted for projects up to $35,000. The RFP is open now with a deadline of September 16th. Click here(link is external) to view the RFP.

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