Assist New Milford in protecting and preserving our surviving farmlands

Grants

GRANT RESOURCES FOR FARMERS

New Milford farmers have benefitted from state and federal funding resources. The two primary sources are Agricultural Viability grants, offered through the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, and financial and technical assistance to eligible landowners and agricultural producers from the US Department of Agriculture/Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Below is a 10-page document listing several financial resources for farmers (2016):
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Agricultural Viability Grants

  • Farm Viability Grants for nonprofits and municipalities and Farm Transition Grants for producers and co-ops are offered annually with applications due the second Friday of each November.  For more information, contact Ronald Olsen at 860-713-2550 or Ronald.olsen@ct.gov, or visit the Connecticut Department of Agriculture’s website, www.CTGrown.gov, and click on “Programs, Services, and Grants”
  • Agricultural Viability Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and matching funds must be supplied by the recipient.  Grantees may receive up to $49,999 in matching funds and have one year to complete their projects.
  • A total of 214 Agricultural Viability Grants totaling $6.3 million have been awarded for projects having a combined total budget of $16.3 million.

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NRCS Financial and Technical Assistance

  • Approves contracts to provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices. These address natural resource concerns or opportunities to help save energy, improve soil, water, plant, air, animal and related resources on agricultural lands
  • Or contact Kathleen Johnson, District Conservationist
    USDA, NRCS
    kathleen.johnson@ct.usda.gov
    1185 New Litchfield Street
    Torrington, CT  06790
    (860) 626-8258 (Ext. 200)