Dairy Processors Marketing & Branding Grant

Established dairy processors are eligible to apply for a new grant that will provide funds for contracting with marketing and branding professionals to elevate their business. The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC), hosted by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, will open the application on Tuesday, April 27.  

If your dairy processing business needs help from a professional to develop a marketing strategy, create a new look, design new packaging, build an e-commerce platform, or access new markets, check out this opportunity! Projects funded by this grant will increase the exposure and promotion of dairy products from the Northeast.

Grant funds will support the grantee in hiring a professional marketing/branding contractor to develop strategy and/or content. Up to 25% of the grant funds may be used to implement the strategy and/or content developed by the contractor. Grants will range from $10,000 - $50,000 and will require a 25% match. 
Dairy processors from Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island are eligible to apply. 

Deadline to Apply: June 8 @ 4pm
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Farm to School Vision Grant

Vermont Schools, early childcare providers, non-profits and community organizations are all eligible to apply to a new farm to school grant from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. This two-year grant opportunity seeks to support innovative, community-based projects that engage and educate youth in issues impacting our food and agricultural systems. Up to $38,000 is available. 

Deadline to Apply: May 12

Connect With International Buyers

Food Export USA is offering a virtual opportunity to connect U.S. suppliers with international buyers looking for high-quality American made products. U.S. Suppliers will be able to add their information to a virtual booth to help buyers navigate their sales materials. The platform is easy to use, and allows suppliers to access a network of in market representatives and meet one-on-one with qualified buyers.

Early Registration Deadline: May 7

Trade Mission to Canada

Are you interested in meeting one-on-one with Canadian buyers? Join Food Export for a virtual trade mission to Canada. Participants will work with an in market representative who will schedule one-on-one meetings with qualified buyers, complete custom market research and provide importation and distribution analysis. The Foreign Agriculture Service will also provide a market briefing.  

Early Registration Deadline: May 14

VT Organics Recycling Summit

Registration is open for the Vermont Organics Recycling Summit (VORS). This free annual event celebrates composting and other forms of organics recycling. This year, VORS will be held as a weeklong series of webinars, discussions, and virtual tours. Sessions of particular interest for farmers include: On Farm Composting, Improved Compost Fertility Characteristics and a virtual tour of Black Dirt Farm.

Event Dates: May 3 - 7


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