VAAFM: opening of the application for a grant for assistance to trade shows

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Vermont Agency of Agriclture Food & Markets Is your Vermont food or forestry business looking to expand into new markets? Consider applying for a trade show assistance grant from the Vermont Agency for Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM). This funding helps Vermont agriculture and forestry businesses with funds to identify, plan, display and sell their Vermont products at out-of-state trade shows or virtual shows targeting out-of-state buyers. ‘State.

These matching grants provide 50% reimbursement of eligible trade show expenses to help businesses connect with wholesale buyers. Applicants can include up to 5 trade shows in their annual marketing plan for a maximum of $ 5,000 in eligible reimbursements. A total of $ 30,000 is available for these competitive grants under the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative. For this round of funding, the VAAFM has a particular interest in supporting timber and forestry companies in their marketing efforts for the shows. Applications will be accepted from January 17 – March 2, 2022.

Vermont Family Farmer of the Month Award

Applications are once again open for the Vermont Family Farmer of the Month award. Each month, this fund awards a scholarship of $ 10,000 to $ 12,000 to a family farmer in Vermont for a project that will improve the viability of his farm. The awards recognize farmers whose businesses contribute to a resilient agricultural landscape in Vermont and demonstrate environmental stewardship and innovation. Applications must be submitted by January 26 for the March, April, May and June scholarships.

The Vermont Family Farmer of the Month is a fund administered by NOFA-VT in partnership with VHCB Farm & Forest Viability Program, Shelburne Farms and the Vermont Grass Farmers Association.

Registration deadline: January 26, 2022

Vermont Pay for Phosphorus Program

The Vermont Pay for Phosphorus Program (VPFP) is an innovative new program based on results from the Water Quality division of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM). This program will provide performance-based payments to Vermont farmers for reductions in phosphorus loss from their agricultural fields.

The VPFP recognizes that soil and water conservation generates value for the public and directly remunerates farms for that value. In this approach, farmers have the opportunity to implement each year the conservation practices they know that will work for their own operations. $ 4.9 million is available for farms over four years.

Registration deadline: January 31, 2022

The Vermont Envirothon is a statewide competition where high school students test their knowledge of forestry, wildlife, soils and water resources. Participants have the opportunity to meet professionals in the field, develop public speaking skills and add to their resumes. The team that demonstrates the greatest overall knowledge is selected to represent Vermont at the North American Envirothon event held in Ohio.

Do you know of a student or teacher who might be interested? Help us spread the word about this exciting event or register a team.

Farm hosts have a variety of options for listing their accommodations and experiences and for setting up online reservation systems. Join experienced agritourism operators for a discussion of options to register and book farm stays and experiences. Reaching Your Target Market: Booking Sites for Farm Stays and Experiences The webinar is free and is part of a monthly series of virtual agrotourism meetings presented by the International Agrotourism Workshop.

Webinar: January 18 at 11:00 a.m.

Vermont Livestock and Grazing Virtual Conference 2022
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