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A guide from MSU Extension and the Center for Regional Food Systems outlines best practices for processing and selling liquid honey for beekeepers who make $15,000 or less in annual honey sales
The Beginning Farmer DEMaND series offers a fresh look at farm business management for new and beginning farmers. The series is designed to help the next generation of farm operators learn about financial and business management strategies that can help them develop into managers and decision-makers on the farm. Whether you represent the transition of generations, an employee to owner, or a new entrant to the business, the DEMaND series can offer assistance through articles, bulletins, webinars, and more!
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Agriculture in Ottawa County is diverse and bountiful, with over 1200 farms including dairy farms, greenhouses, blueberries, and so much more. Ottawa County farmers seek to conserve and protect the land they farm and the water that surrounds us by using practices such as cover crops, grass waterways, and assistance transitioning to no-till.
The Ottawa Conservation District offers several services and resources for farmers, such as financial assistance for conservation practices and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program.
The Washtenaw County Black Farmers Fund (WCBFF) is transforming our community through food sovereignty and land justice by investing in Black Farmers who have long been denied access to land and resources. They are a coalition of nonprofits, farmers, and community members working to build a more equitable and just food system. Funding is available for aspiring Black Farmers living or farming in Washtenaw, Jackson, Ingham, Livingston, Oakland, Wayne, Monroe, and Lenawee counties of Michigan who produce nutritious food and supply the Washtenaw County foodshed.
The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) is a private, charitable trust serving Native farmers and ranchers created from the historic Keepseagle v. Vilsack litigation settlement. The Trust’s Mission shall be to make grants to Eligible Grant Recipients, described in section 8, to fund the provision of business assistance, agricultural education, technical support, and advocacy services to Native American farmers and ranchers to support and promote their continued engagement in agriculture.
What does this program do?
The Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program helps agricultural producers enter value-added activities to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income.
You may receive priority if you are:
Grants are awarded through a national competition. Each fiscal year, applications are requested through a notice published in the Federal Register and through an announcement posted on Grants.gov.
VAPG is part of the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP) which is an umbrella program created under the 2018 Farm Bill. Producers can find other grant funding opportunities at the LAMP web page.
Program Funding: Approximately $31 million in total available funding.
Maximum Grant Amount: Planning Grants $75,000; Working Capital Grants: $250,000.