Updates on the Vermont COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Programs

20 July 2020

Dairy Assistance Program: After tremendous efforts over the past month, the Vermont COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program (VCAAP)'s Dairy Assistance Program application was launched on Friday, July 17.  Webinars will be offered this week to provide overviews of the application. 

Webinars on Dairy Assistance Application for Dairy Producers & Processors

Tuesday, July 21  12:30 - 1:30
Wednesday, July 22  12:30 - 1:30
Thursday July 23  3:30 - 4:30 

Webinar on Dairy Assistance Application for Dairy Industry Organizations

Tuesday July 21 3:30-4:30pm

All Other Agriculture Assistance Programs: VAAFM, with help from other State agencies, is rapidly working to develop and launch the additional agriculture assistance programs over the next several weeks. We have been focused on developing the dairy assistance application first and are still finalizing the application details for the additional funding allocations and agricultural audiences. Given the authorizing legislation, and the work that has been completed so far, here is what agriculture and forestry businesses should know about appropriations to the following programs:

$25,000,000 for a relief program specific to dairy farmers and processors.
$5,000,000 for non-dairy farmers, meat processors and slaughterhouses, and farmers markets.
$5,000,000 for forest products businesses and will be managed by FPR.
$500,000 for agricultural fairs in the State.
$2,500,000 to the Working Lands Enterprise Fund for agricultural, food and forest, and wood product industries.
$1,000,000 for the COVID-19 Working Lands Program for agriculture, food, and market businesses.

Please visit agriculture.vermont.gov/covid-19-information/vermont-covid-19-agriculture-assistance-program for more information and eligibility criteria.  The most up-to-date information regarding these assistance funds will be shared via our website and social media. 

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901


Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
  • Licensing & Registration        802.828.2436
  • Business Development          802.828.1619
  • Feed, Seed, Fertilizer & Lime  802.828.5050
  • Working Lands                    802.622.4477
  • Public Health & Resource Management                802.828.2431
  • Laboratory                                  802.585.6073
  • Animal Health                        802.828.2421
  • Dairy                              802.828.2433
  • Consumer Protection / Weights & Measures                           802.828.2433
  • Produce Program                  802.522.7811
  • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Grants                                  802.622.4098
    • Enforcement                                802.828.2431
    • Reports                                      802.272.0323
    • BMP's                                      802.828.3474
  • Act 250                          802.828.2431 
  • Pesticide                        802.828.2431