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Farm to School Grants Roundup 


Every year, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture offers several grant programs designed to support farm to school efforts at Vermont schools and early childhood education organizations. Applications for these programs typically open in the fall but, due to complications related to the COVID-19 pandemic, launch dates were delayed this year. 

The good news: the wait is over. Over the next two months, the Agency of Agriculture will begin accepting applications for three farm to school grant programs:

1. New! Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) grant open to registered or licensed childcare providers reimburses 80% of the cost of CSA shares purchased from Vermont farms. Application Opens: 1/26

2. New! The Vision Grant open to schools and childcare organizations, as well as non-profits as co-applicants with schools or childcare organizations, is meant to support innovative ideas that have the potential to meaningfully address emergent issues within farm to school.  Application Opens: Early March

3. Farm to School Child Nutrition Implementation grant provides financial and technical assistance to schools or early childcare education organizations looking to advance their farm to school programs. Application Opens: Early February
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2021 USDA Ag Outlook Forum

USDA's 97th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum will be held virtually this year. The theme, “Building on Innovation: A Pathway to Resilience,” will focus on the role science and innovation have played in helping the ag sector overcome challenges during COVID-19. The program includes more than 30 sessions and 100 expert speakers. Registration is free but required to attend. 

Event Date: February 18th & 19th

Dairy Research Contractor

The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center is seeking a contractor to conduct research of New England’s distribution network capacity for value-added dairy products. The research will focus on an in-depth examination of New England’s current distribution system, capacity, and geographic considerations to determine opportunities to get dairy products to further and more robust markets.

Proposals Due: February 15th

Maple Marketing Survey

Are you a maple sugar maker? Do you use maple as an ingredient in your products? The Agency of Agriculture is seeking your input and feedback on upcoming international marketing initiatives. Please fill out this quick 5 minute survey to provide direction on maple marketing initiatives for this year and beyond!

Survey Due: January 26th

Webinar: Specialty Crop Grants

The Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is hosting an information session webinar for prospective grant applicants. In this hour-long webinar, you'll be introduced to the program, application process, and our agency's online grants management system. The webinar will be recorded and available on the program's website.

Event Date: January 26th @ 1pm ET

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