June 30, 2020 | Montpelier, VT - The Agency of Agriculture received the final appropriation for agricultural support on June 26, 2020 via Senate Bill 351, which is awaiting the Governor's signature. Staff have been developing the dairy assistance application and it will be open for submission in the near future. The dairy sector application is the Agency's priority and will be released first. When the application opens, the Agency will communicate broadly through cooperatives, processors, service providers, and other channels to ensure that the dairy community is aware of the opportunity. The Agency is also developing an FAQ document, webinar, and training numerous service providers to help guide applicants through the process.
To expedite the submission process, the Agency recommends dairy producers and processors begin collecting documentation regarding milk checks, federal COVID relief program payments, and other expenses incurred due to the pandemic.
The application for other agricultural sectors is also in development and will be released after the dairy assistance program. The Agency will be developing guidance for this application to ensure producers and processors understand the opportunity. To expedite the submission process, the Agency recommends collecting documentation regarding expenses incurred due to the pandemic, payments from any other federal program, and loss in sales. When this application is open for submission, the Agency will announce and share broadly with partner organization to distribute to their members.