Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Vermont is setting aside $4 million in federal financial assistance to help Vermont’s agricultural producers recover from recent flooding.
“NRCS recognizes the incredible hardships faced by producers across the state of Vermont,” said Travis Thomason, Vermont State Conservationist. “In difficult times like these, it is incredibly important for us to stand by those affected by the flooding so we can get back to being our best.”
This funding applies to resource concerns that threaten the ongoing agricultural operation or create an imminent threat to agricultural operations. The only eligible practices under this EQIP-Disaster Assistance signup are the following seven practices: Cover Crop; Critical Area Planting; Fence; Pasture and Hay Planting; Mulching; Residue and Tillage Management, Reduced Till; Feed Management.
Additional Information for Practices Damaged by the Natural Disaster:
- For damaged practices installed and certified under an active Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) contract that has not yet expired, the contract may be modified allowing participant to re-install the damaged practice(s).
- For damaged practices installed and certified under a past EQIP contract, producers may sign up for EQIP to re-install the practice(s) at the current payment rates.
- For damaged practices that were never certified by NRCS through any conservation program, producers may sign up for EQIP to install NRCS practices as long as all EQIP eligibility requirements are met.
Other Requirements for NRCS Practices:
- All installed practices must meet NRCS practice standards including: design and specifications.
- Practices installed or work performed prior to an approved engineering design or practice plan is not eligible for EQIP.
- Practices approved for EQIP-Disaster funding do not overlap with the Farm Service Agency’s Emergency Conservation Program (ECP). Producers should seek assistance either through ECP or EQIP depending on the type of practice(s) that was damaged.
The deadline to apply for this disaster assistance funding is September 1st. Please visit your local NRCS service center to apply.
Breakout Session Proposals for the F2P Annual Gathering
Vermont Farm to Plate (F2P) wants you to be a part of its 2023 Annual Gathering on November 16th and 17th.
They are seeking breakout session proposals that reflect this year’s theme, “Transformative Change.” Applications will be reviewed by a panel comprised of Farm to Plate Steering Committee members and staff.
The deadline to submit has been EXTENDED to August 18th. Email Kelly Dolan, Vermont F2P Network Manager, with questions.
Business Emergency Gap Assistance Program
Are you a farmer with physical damages from the recent flooding? $1 million is available for agricultural operations through the Business Emergency Gap Assistance Program.
Grants are reviewed on a first come, first serve basis. The application portal opened August 3rd, so apply now while funding is available!
Please review the FAQ page if you have questions, or email [email protected].
The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources invites you to attend a public meeting or provide feedback on the new Vermont Environmental Justice Law.
These meetings are focused on creating core principles to guide community engagement by Vermont state agencies.
Next meeting: 8/21 at 9am (virtual)
PhD candidate Richmond Silvanus Baye, Msc kindly requests you fill out a survey on your swine operation and biosecurity.
The survey only takes a few minutes and will assist in important research at the Social Ecological Gaming and Simulation Lab at UVM.
Email [email protected] with questions.
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