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Multi-Business Dairy Agritourism Grant
 

The first competitive grant round through the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) is now live! Dairy farmers, dairy processors, and dairy producer associations located throughout Vermont and the northeast (Pennsylvania to Maine) are welcome to apply. 

Projects will need to support multiple dairy farmers and/or processors in the development and marketing of dairy agritourism activities. Projects should:
  • Promote the visibility and of Northeast dairy products.
  • Increase public awareness and understanding of dairy production practices.
  • Include multiple dairy businesses (most participating businesses need to be dairy).
  • Include agritourism activities that support businesses in a geographically contiguous area that allows for coordinated activities which support one another.
Grants will range from $10,000 - $25,000 with a 50% (cash and/or in-kind) match requirement.  

Application Deadline: April 1, 2021 at 4:00 pm ET
 
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Industrial Hemp Conference

Join UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program, and the Vermont Agency of Ag, for the 3rd Annual Industrial Hemp Conference. This virtual conference will include live and on-demand presentations from leading hemp and cannabis researchers. Topics include integrated pest management and pesticide use, agronomics, feminized seed production, harvest timing, drying and storage techniques, product safety, and hemp policy. Register by noon on February 25.

Event Date: February 26 

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Deadline to Apply: March 26

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The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board is gathering information on the needs of Vermont farmers around providing safe, adequate, and affordable housing for hired farm workers. The survey is designed for participants in VHCB’s Farm & Forest Viability Program, farms conserved through VHCB or the Vermont Land Trust, and other commercial farms providing housing to farm workers. Answers are confidential and only used together with others’ responses.

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Last chance to sign up for the 8th biennial Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade Show. This free event, held virtually for the first time, draws hundreds of farmers and farm industry members to participate in workshops and discussions with experts from across the region. This year’s conference theme is Diversifying for Agri-Businesses: Strategies for Weathering the Storms. 

Event Date: February 24 & 25

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