The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) announces the availability of funds through the On-Farm Milk Storage & Handling Grant program, which will provide grants for dairy farmers to access funds that support the purchase of equipment and other related costs that will improve milk storage, handling, and energy efficiencies. The focus of this grant is on the purchase of specialized equipment. Applicants may select from a pre-approved list of eligible equipment. Projects funded by this grant will streamline milk pick up, create efficiencies around milk storage, and improve handling for both farmers and their processors. Successful applications will show reduced costs to the farmer and will improve efficiencies around the movement of milk, reduce frequency of milk pick up, and/or otherwise meet processors' needs for improved storage and handling.
Grants are available to applicants in all 11 Northeast states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) hosted at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM), seeks multiple contractors across the Northeast region to develop, organize, and implement educational opportunities for dairy farmers. Contractors will develop events, webinars, educational series, and/or conferences to increase farmer-focused production and business viability education.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) announces the availability of funds through the Organic Dairy Farm Transition Support Grant program, which will provide grants to dairy farmers impacted by contract cancellations from Horizon Organic. Projects funded through this program will support farm transition costs to ensure compliance with new buyer/processor requirements. Activities covered by the grant include the purchase and installation of equipment, construction for improved animal health, safety, and efficiency, supplies, and additional technical assistance.
Grants are only available to Vermont dairy farmers who received contract terminations.