Capital Equipment Assistance Program open for applications

Capital Equipment Assistance Program

Vermont Agri-Food and Marketing Agency Applications for the Capital Equipment Assistance Program (CEAP) are now open. The Vermont Department of Agriculture, Food and Markets’ Water Quality Division provides funding for new or innovative equipment.

This funding will go toward equipment that helps reduce agricultural water runoff, improve water quality, reduce odor from fertilization, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and more!

Applications are welcome from Vermont farms, custom operators, nonprofits, and producers of phosphorus extraction equipment that need to comply with required agricultural practices.

Examples of eligible equipment include conservation tillage equipment, no-till grain drills, crimpers, precision farming equipment, and more.

Typically, the plan will cover 90% of the equipment cost and varies by equipment type. Applicants are limited to submitting one application per individual operation/organization/entity.

The application deadline is November 1. Please click here for more information on funding, allowed equipment and other details.

WLEI Business Enhancement Grant

Farm, food and forest businesses can now apply for the Working Land Enterprise Initiative Business Enhancement Grant!

The Working Land Enterprise Council is issuing requests for applications totaling $450,000 that will allow Vermont farm, food and forest businesses to invest in business enhancement programs such as markets, infrastructure and workforce development.

Business Enhancement Grant awards range from $20,000 to $35,000. The Business Enhancement Grant was formerly known as the Standard Business Grant.

For more information, visit the Job Sites website. There will be a Q&A webinar at noon on September 15th. Register gentlemen.

Applications open: September 23

Big E's Vermont Building

Big E is here! From September 16th to October 2nd, visit Avenue of America during the Big E, the only multi-state fair in the United States.

On this educational avenue, you’ll see impressive replicas of the original state capitols in every New England state, which sit on land that the state actually owns.

The Vermont building will be packed with a long list of Vermont vendors, including Eden Ice Cider, Halladay’s Harvest Barn, Bergamot + Amor, Treeline Terrains, Nomad Kitchen, KIS Kombucha, and more!

Vermont Day is Saturday, September 24th. Nearly 170,000 people attended the Big E at Vermont Day last year, so hurry up and get your tickets!

Big E: September. 16th to 2nd of October

Farm Slaughter Questions and Answers

The Vermont Department of Agriculture, Food and Marketing is hosting a Q&A virtual forum for those interested in on-farm slaughter.

Join Meat Inspection Supervisor Julie Boisvert for an overview of information, resolving misunderstandings and a Q&A session in an open and welcoming environment.

This is a free online course. Please click here to join a Microsoft Teams call or dial +1 802-552-8456 and use 100 265 603# as the meeting ID. The password for the person joining the team call on the computer is 8CFfoh.

Q&A: September 15th at 7:00pm ET

Rip Seeding - Why and How to Demo

Join the VT Grass Farmers Association and UVM Extension for a demonstration and overview of the Vermont Ripsower.

The Vermont Ripsower is a combined subsoiler, seeder and liquid biostimulant injector. It is designed to improve yield, forage quality, topsoil, biodiversity and more.

Attendees will learn about lawn mower theory and basic history, view results, and learn how to properly operate a lawn mower.

This free demo is held at Larson Farms in Wells, Vermont. Registration is required.

Demo: September 14th at 10:00AM ET

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