Vermont COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program: Dairy Assistance

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Overview

The Vermont State Legislature appropriated $25 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds to the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) to establish the Dairy Assistance Application. Of these funds, $21.2 million is available for grant awards to milk producers, and $3.8 million is available for awards to dairy processors. These funds will be used to stabilize milk producers and dairy processors based on their lost revenues related to business interruption caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets will issue grant payments under this program on a first-come, first-served basis. All compensable losses and costs must have been incurred since March 1, 2020 and be related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

  • The application deadline was Sunday, November 15, 2020.
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  • If you have received a grant, review the VCAAP Terms and Conditions for your award. 

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Eligibility

Dairy farmers and dairy processors operating as of March 1, 2020 are eligible to apply for dairy assistance. A business that is both a milk producer and a dairy processor may submit one application as a milk producer and one as a dairy processor regardless of whether each business is organized as a separate business entity. A milk producer or dairy processor is eligible to qualify for assistance if:

(A) (i) the milk producer or dairy processor is currently producing milk or dairy products; or

(ii) the milk producer was producing milk on March 1, 2020, and subsequently ceased production, but has a good faith plan to restart milk production or to produce another agricultural commodity;

(B) the milk producer or dairy processor is in good standing with the Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (AAFM) and the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR); and

(C) the milk producer or dairy processor can demonstrate economic harm that occurred or accrued between March 1 and December 30, 2020 by providing evidence of lost revenues or expenses related to business interruption caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency.


Award Information

Milk producers, if qualified, are eligible for grants to reimburse for demonstrated economic harm up to the following maximum amounts:

  • Small farms shall receive up to $18,300.00.
  • Certified small farms shall receive up to $34,300.00.
  • Medium farms shall receive up to $56,000.00.
  • Large farms shall receive up to $100,000.00.

Dairy processors, if qualified, are eligible for grants to reimburse for demonstrated economic harm up to the following maximum amounts:

  • Dairy processors that process less than 500 pounds of milk per day shall receive up to $31,000.00. 
  • Dairy processors that process from 500 to 9,999 pounds of milk per day shall receive up to $40,000.00. 
  • Dairy processors that process from 10,000 to 49,999 pounds of milk per day shall receive up to $50,000.00. 
  • Dairy processors that process 50,000 pounds or more of milk per day shall receive up to $60,000.00. 

How to Apply

  • The application deadline was Sunday, November 15, 2020. 
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Application Assistance

For assistance with preparing financial documents and navigating the online application, Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program business advisors are available to help!

Please complete this INTAKE FORM to connect with an advisor. For more information, contact Mariah Noth at mariah@vhcb.org or 802-828-1098. The Farm Viability Program has a wait list for support at this time, so please reach out as soon as possible for assistance with your application. Note: You will need to share your unique identification number with a business advisor and ensure that you have all required documentation available for submission.

For questions about the grant application, including business eligibility, covered costs/losses, required documentation, and the application system, please visit the VCAAP Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us


Applicant Resources

Webinars


VCAAP Question & Answer Session

Looking for more information about changes to the Vermont COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program (VCAAP)? Watch the recording of our Q&A Session on October 13, 2020. 

Please note that as a result of recent legislation, some information presented in the webinars below may be out of date. For a summary of changes, review our October 1, 2020 press release

Dairy Application Tip Sessions

Each session includes discussion of commonly seen application errors and tips for successful application submission. These sessions were designed to be an exchange of information and an opportunity for applicants to ask specific questions or about areas of confusion.

Dairy Processor Application Tip Sessions

Dairy Producer Application Tip Session

Dairy Assistance Application Webinar for Producers and Processors

Held the week of July 20, 2020


Contact Us

(802) 828-2430 select #9
AGR.CovidResponse@vermont.gov

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Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
802.828.2430

 

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