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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.

Sept 30, 2022: CT DoAG Urges Livestock Owners to be Aware of EPIZOOTIC HEMORRHAGIC DISEASE (EHD)

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LIVESTOCK OWNERS URGED TO BE AWARE OF EPIZOOTIC HEMORRHAGIC DISEASE (EHD) AFTER RECENT DETECTIONS IN
WHITE-TAILED DEER IN CONNECTICUT
The Connecticut Department of Agriculture (CT DoAg) is urging livestock owners to be aware of signs of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD). This follows the recent announcement by Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) that EHD has been confirmed in white-tailed deer for the third year since first detected in our state in 2017. EHD is considered endemic in the United States and occurs sporadically, primarily in white-tailed deer. Because the disease is spread by biting Culicoides midges, the disease occasionally spills over to domestic livestock.  Outbreaks of hemorrhagic disease are often associated with wet weather,
which provides breeding areas. Drought conditions which may concentrate animals and vectors around diminishing water sources may also be linked to some outbreaks occurring in the late summer and early fall due to an increase in midge numbers. Hemorrhagic disease outbreaks cease with the onset of a hard frost, which kills the midges carrying the virus.

For more information, click here.

 

Oct 2, 2022: CT Agricultural Mediation Services Available at little to no cost

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The Connecticut Agricultural Mediation Program helps clients of USDA agencies and others in the Connecticut agricultural and rural communities resolve and manage disputes by providing mediation, facilitation, and training.

The Connecticut Agricultural Mediation Program (CTAMP), administered through the Quinnipiac University School of Law Center on Dispute Resolution, provides mediation and other conflict resolution services to Connecticut’s agricultural and rural community. Certified and sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), CTAMP’s services are available state-wide at little or no cost for USDA customers.

Mediation can provide many benefits, including helping to ensure that disagreements and disputes that threaten the economic success of farms are addressed quickly and confidentially.

TYPES OF DISPUTES WE HANDLE

CTAMP mediators can assist farmers, producers and other USDA customers to resolve the following issues:

  • Agricultural loans and loan-servicing, including Farm Service Agency and Rural Development loans

  • Adverse decisions from a USDA agency

  • Wetlands determination

  • Conservation compliance

  • Crop insurance

  • Pesticide application

  • Lease issues, including land leases and equipment leases

  • Family farm succession planning

  • National Organic Program established under the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990

  • Neighbor to neighbor disputes

  • Land use

  • Environmental concerns

  • Other issues as the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Agriculture considers appropriate for better serving the agricultural community and persons eligible for mediation

CTAMP provides low or no cost mediation services to the agricultural community for these issues. For other agricultural issues other funding sources may be available or we may ask parties to pay on a sliding scale.

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS

CTAMP occasionally offers training opportunities and workshops in negotiation, conflict competency, facilitation, meeting management and succession planning to the agricultural community.

Click here to learn more or download a brochure.

Sept 20, 2022: USDA Food System Capacity Building Grant Applications due Nov. 15

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CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ANNOUNCES NEW
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY THROUGH FOOD POLICY COUNCIL
The Connecticut Department of Agriculture (DoAg) is pleased to announce the
competitive solicitation process to award The Food System Capacity Building
Grant provides funds to Connecticut organizations and groups involved in food
system policy or creating innovative, localized, programming in their respective
communities to increase food access and address food insecurity. Funding for
the Food System Capacity Building Grant is provided through the Connecticut
Food Policy Council under C.G.S. Sec. 22-456.
There is no minimum and the maximum amount of funds that can be requested
for one project is limited to $10,000.00. There is no match requirement for this
grant.
The application deadline is November 15, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. through the
Connecticut Department of Agriculture online application system.
Commissioner Bryan P. Hurlburt said, “During the COVID-19 pandemic, it
became clear that we needed to improve our food system, not only to make
more food available to families across the state, but to incorporate more CT
Grown products to offset the amount of food imported from out of state.
Through the efforts and commitment from the Food Policy Council, I’m happy to
announce the creation and availability of the Food System Capacity Building
Grant, which will improve the local food system and make food, particularly CT
Grown farm products, more accessible to Connecticut residents.”
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Learn about New Milford’s Agricultural History

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Learn about New Milford’s Agricultural History.

This video was produced by Grant Dupill and features Bill Devlin of the Trust for Historic Preservation and photos provided by Lisa Roush of the New Milford Historical Society:

Jan. 21, 2022: Solid Ground Stipend deadline

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Jan. 21, 2022: Solid Ground Stipend deadline

The following opportunity is intended for new and beginning farmers with less than 10 years of experience operating their own business. These funds are intended to help new and beginning farmers purchase better tools and make upgrades to their operation instead of relying on low cost/low quality inputs. UConn Extension and its partners are eager to see these funds have a meaningful impact on farm businesses and farmer well-being. 

Who is eligible:

  • Connecticut farm operators that have been operating their own business for less than 10 years
  • Aspiring Connecticut farm business owners that plan to launch their business in 2022 and have more than one season of farming experience on someone else’s farm
  • Market gardeners in Connecticut with at least one season of experience selling their products

Stipend Purpose:

UConn Extension’s Solid Ground Program seeks to make available stipends to new and beginning farmers for the following purposes:

  • Purchase of inputs such as seeds, compost, soil amendments, mulch, equipment rental, small equipment purchases, materials for integrated pest management.
  • Assistance beyond the types mentioned above that are relevant to pivoting the business due to COVID-19.

To offset producer costs associated with conservation practices, land preparation, land leasing, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Stipend Level:  

Stipend requests can be $500 minimum up to $2000 maximum per farm business. 

Timeline:  

​Applications must be received by 5:00 pm on January 21st, 2022

  • UConn Extension seeks to announce awards by mid-February and no later than Feb 28, 2022.
  • As soon as the recipient is an approved entity for payment, UConn Extension will initiate payment in full to the recipient.  This process can take up to 4 weeks.
  • Recipients should use their stipend within 12 months of receipt.

Application Submission:

  • Applications can be completed by using this online APPLICATION FORM
  • If an applicant is facing challenges with this application system and/or requires assistance with the online application, please contact jiff.martin@uconn.edu 

Available Funds:  

UConn Extension will make $60,000 in total available to new and beginning farmers in Connecticut through this stipend program.

Priorities:

  • Supporting the viability of farmers/market gardeners who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color 
  • Supporting farmers/market gardeners who have had difficulty accessing capital for their business
  • Potential of stipend to contribute to conservation of natural resources, climate resilience, climate adaptation, or climate mitigation strategies
  • Potential of stipend to increase production and availability of CT Grown products

Ineligible Expenses:

  • Land purchase
  • Large equipment purchases that cost over $2000 
  • Payroll for employees
  • Compensation for applicant’s labor
  • Reimbursement for past expenditures

Source of Funding: 

The Solid Ground Farmer Training Program at UConn Extension is funded by USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP). Additional funding was made available to BFRDP awardees through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (P.L. 116-260) for the purpose of assisting producers facing COVID–19 impacts to their business.  This stipend program is structured as a one-time opportunity to make funds directly available to new and beginning farmers in 2022.

DAIRY FOOD SAFETY & CERTIFICATION GRANT

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Dairy Food Safety and Certification Grant, due Feb. 3, 2022

The Dairy Food Safety & Certification Grant program will provide grants for dairy businesses to take actionable steps to increase production safety standards with the goal of accessing new markets. Projects that increase marketability of dairy products will be prioritized. Grant funds may be used for technical assistance, audits, food safety plan development, training, testing fees, and certain infrastructure upgrades. This application is open to dairy producers, processors, and producer associations based in the Northeast. Grants will range from $10,000 – $40,000 with a 25% cash or in-kind match requirement. Applications are due February 3, 2022. Click here for more information.