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Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Competitive Grants Program

Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Competitive Grants Program

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Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Competitive Grants Program, due April 10, 2023

Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Competitive Grants Program improves the farm management knowledge and skills of agricultural producers by maintaining and expanding a national, publicly available farm financial management database to support improved farm management. The FBMB program supports intellectual talent and collaborative efforts to meet the challenges facing the nation’s agriculture and food systems. Application closes on April 10. For more information, read the FBMB funding opportunity

Solid Ground Getting to the Root Short Video and Panel Discussions

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Solid Ground Getting to the Root Short Video and Panel Discussions

A series exploring the entrepreneurial of new CT farmers.

March 9: Ethnic and Specialty Crops
Video Premier featuring Juliet Muhenga. Farmer Panelists; Tacina Walcott Thompson, Natty Roots Gardens, Uloma Onuma

Thursday March 9th, 2023 , 12-1:30pm , virtual event
Register here.

March 11: Added-Value Farm Products
Saturday, March 11, 2023, 9:45-11:00am. In person at Wesleyan University. Presented at CT NOFA’s 2023 Winter Conference.
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CT DOAG Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications due 3/1/2023

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CT DOAG Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications due 3/1/2023

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture solicits applications on an annual basis for projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined by the USDA as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, maple syrup, honey, horticulture, and nursery crops.

Projects must impact and produce measurable outcomes for the specialty crop industry and/or the public. There is no minimum award amount, however projects are capped at $100,000. There is no match requirement.

Click here for more information.

 

Northeast Grazing and Livestock Conference (Virtual) Jan 20-21, 2023

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Northeast Grazing and Livestock Conference (Virtual) Jan 20-21, 2023

The New England Grazing Network, Maine Grass Farmers Network, Granite State Grazers, The Livestock Institute, Vermont Grass Farmers Association, University of Vermont Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and Cornell Cooperative Extension Capital Area Ag & Hort Program present a region wide virtual grazing conference from January 20-21, 2023.

The conference is the largest of its kind in New England, gathering over 300 participants from the northeast for two days of networking and educational workshops. This conference brings together new and experienced farmers alike as well as service providers, and non-farmers seeking to learn more ways to align with and support well managed pasture-based livestock production across our region.

For more information or to register, click here.

 

UConn Online Vegetable Production Certificate Course Starting Jan. 30, 2023

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UConn Online Vegetable Production Certificate Course Starting Jan. 30, 2023

Vegetable Production Certificate Course, beginning on January 30th 2023. It is a fully online course for new and beginning farmers who have 0-3 years of vegetable growing experience or no formal training in agriculture. The participants will learn answers to the basic questions about farm business planning, planning and preparing for vegetable farm, warm and cool-season vegetable production techniques, season extension, identification of biotic and abiotic issues, and marketing. The price of the course is $149.

Please contact the course coordinator, Shuresh Ghimire (Shuresh.Ghimire@uconn.edu, 860-870-6933) with any questions about this course.

For more information or to register, click here.

Healing by Growing Farms Northeast Disability and Agriculture Conference Feb.4, 2023

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Healing by Growing Farms Northeast Disability and Agriculture Conference Feb.4, 2023 (Snow Date Feb 11)

The Northeast Disability and Agriculture Conference is a first-time regional event
designed to educate and empower the agricultural community. Through
workshops and presentations, farmer attendees will learn how to better advocate
for themselves, and service provider attendees will learn how to identify potential
distress risks within the community. Together attendees will learn how to build a
network sharing skills and resources to improve accessibility and reduce industry
incidents of suicide.

The conference team is excited to offer a hybrid experience; in-person and limited
virtual participation.
A post conference stipend will be given to the first (50) farmers who identify as having a disability; have registered in advance and attend the full conference.
Registration at:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd4ygCPEI9_vnkUaFbdSnWmFYu2bbX-NU_FXUCC3-umOMFABw/viewform

DUE Jan 18, 2023: CLIMATE SMART FARMING: AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY GRANT

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CLIMATE SMART FARMING:
AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY GRANT
The Connecticut Department of Agriculture (CT DoAg) announces the Climate Smart Farming: Agriculture and Forestry Grant Guidance is now available with up to $7 million available in funding for projects which support climate smart farming practices. Funding is provided through Public Act 22-118 Sec 12(b)(70) which provides $7 million for fiscal year ending June 30, 2023. Applications are due no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2023.

The Climate Smart Farming: Agriculture and Forestry Grant can fund projects in a variety of areas including, but not limited to:

  1. Providing technical assistance.
  2. Distributing a grant to producers.
  3. Coordinating training programs.
  4. Coordinating projects that pilot or demonstrate water and land-based conservation practices.
  5. Creating tools that help reduce barriers to accessing assistance for climate smart farming.
  6. Establishing equipment-sharing programs.
  7. Other activities that will increase the number of farmers who are implementing climate-smart agriculture and forestry practices.

Any agribusiness or entity, including nonprofit organization, soil and water conservation district, colleges and universities, municipality or for-profit organization in the State of Connecticut are eligible to apply.

All agricultural commodities can participate including aquaculture, agriculture and forestry. In addition, all production types will be supported including conventional/organic, indoor/outdoor, soil/water, and urban/rural.

CT DoAg plans to issue awards in varying amounts for program implementation from May 1, 2023, through May 1, 2028.

There will be four application funding tiers:

Tier 1:   $100,000 to $249,999
  • Project duration: Up to 18 months
Tier 2:   $250,000 to $499,999
  • Project duration: 18 months up to 2 years
Tier 3:   $500,000 to $999,999
  • Project duration: 2-3 years
Tier 4:   $1,000,000 and up
  • Project duration: 3-5 years

There is no match requirement for this grant.

An informational webinar will be held on Monday, December 19, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. to assist interested applicants in learning about eligible projects, the submission process, and tips for writing an application. Registration is required to attend this workshop. Please pre-register for the event here. Registered attendees will be provided the webinar information 24 hours prior to the start.
Questions regarding the Climate Smart Farming: Agriculture & Forestry Grant can be directed to Alison Grabarz at Alison.Grabarz@ct.gov. More information on application requirements, submission process, and accompanying forms can be found online at http://www.CTgrown.gov/grants.

First Northeast Disability and Agriculture Conference Feb 4,2023

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FIRST NORTHEAST DISABILITY AND AGRICULTURE CONFERENCE

The Northeast Disability and Agriculture Conference is a first-time regional event designed to educate and empower the agricultural community. Through workshops and presentations, farmer attendees will learn how to better advocate for themselves, and service provider attendees will learn how to identify potential distress risks within the community. Together attendees will learn how to build a network sharing skills and resources to improve accessibility and reduce industry incidents of suicide.

The conference team is excited to offer a hybrid experience; in-person and limited virtual participation, on February 4, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Harkness Memorial State Park (275 Great Neck Road, Waterford, CT).The daylong event includes a Keynote speaker, breakout sessions, group discussion, resources, and meals.

In recognition of the needs of farmers with disabilities, a post conference stipend will be given to the first 50 farmers who identify as having a disability, have registered in advance, and attend the full conference. 

Sign up here to reserve your spot today! Click here.

The event is coordinated by Healing By Growing Farms, a social impact farm community that fosters a holistic healing approach reconnecting predominantly brain injury and trauma survivors to themselves, nature, and the environment while healing through farming. To learn more about our organization please visit us at www.healingbygrowing.com.

Their aim for the conference is to be sensitive and responsive to the needs of farmers, agricultural service providers and the community. They would GREATLY appreciate your feedback to help them design conference content, better identify gaps in disability awareness and needed services for participants by participating in THEIR SURVEY.

For questions, please contact: healingbygrowingconferenceteam@gmail.com.

 

Farm Transition Grants Open November 1, 2023

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Farm Transition Grant Features Four Dynamic Categories to Support Connecticut Agricultural Producers

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce the 2023 Farm Transition Grant (FTG) application period will open on Tuesday, November 1, 2022. The grant features four dynamic categories to address gaps in funding to support farmers in times of growth and change. Applications are due no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2022.

“The Farm Transition Grant categories offer an array of funding opportunities to meet the needs of a diverse spectrum of Connecticut farmers and agricultural cooperatives,” said Agriculture Commissioner Bryan P. Hurlburt. “Whether it is a new farmer whose completed project has advanced their business forward by five years or a seasoned producer looking to make the investments to expand production or diversify for business growth, these grant funds are directly contributing to a positive impact that will provide long-term sustainability of CT Grown products.”

The Farm Transition Grant is a matching reimbursement grant program for Connecticut farmers and agricultural cooperatives to support the diversification of existing farm operations, transitioning to value-added agricultural production and sales. Funding is provided through C.G.S. Section 22-26k.

The grant categories are summarized below.

  • New Farmer Micro Grants:  Up to $5,000 awarded to support new and beginning individuals or partnerships with one full year to three years of production history, seeking long-term careers that financially support them through farming and agriculture.
  • Infrastructure Investment Grant:  Up to $20,000 awarded to support farmers in production for a minimum of three years with a need for infrastructure to expand the farm’s production and operation.
  • Research and Development Grant:  Up to $25,000 awarded for farms to conduct research to assess the viability and interest to develop a new product line, service, or market.
  • Innovation and Diversification Grant:  Up to $49,999 awarded for the implementation of a new product or service for market or business expansion after a research and development phase has been explored.

Grant guidelines and forms can be found at www.CTGrown.gov/grants  with additional details on match requirements and eligible expenses.

Two workshop options will be available to assist interested applicants in learning about the grant categories, submission process, and tips for writing their application. An in-person workshop will occur at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at the Hartford County UConn Extension Office in Farmington. Registration is required to attend this workshop. Click here to register for the in-person workshop.

A virtual workshop will occur at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2022, via Webex. The session will be recorded and posted to the agency website if you are unable to attend the live event. Click here to register for the webinar.

Questions regarding the Farm Transition Grant can be directed to Alison Grabarz at Alison.Grabarz@ct.gov. More information on application requirements, submission process, and accompanying forms can be found online at www.CTGrown.gov/grants.

The FTG is a competitive matching reimbursement grant for Connecticut agricultural producers and agricultural cooperatives. The Farm Transition Grant is provided through the State of Connecticut Farm Transition Grant Program, established in 2005 through Public Act 05-228, An Act Concerning Farmland Preservation, Land Protection, Affordable Housing, and Historice Preservation.

New England Dairy Farm Grants Available at NR-DBIC

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The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) and its partners offer grants, events, workshops, and educational opportunities to dairy farmers, processors, and service providers.  Click here for more information.