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Successfully Applying to Agricultural Grant Programs

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Dane County UW Extension Office

5201 Fen Oak Drive

Madison, WI 53718

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Successfully Applying to Agricultural Grant Programs

This workshop is designed to give farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs information, tools, and hands-on training to strengthen grant and loan applications. This workshop will help you create a competitive application and get the financial resources you need to fuel your business.

Español - Para más información sobre este evento, comuníquese con Barbara Nunez al 608-224-3704.

9:00 AM Registration

9:30 AM Welcome and Introductions

Participants are invited to give a brief introduction to their projects

Diane Mayerfeld, UW-Extension/SARE

10:00 AM Designing a sound project, identifying funding sources and grant-writing basics

Margaret Krome, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute

12:00 PM Lunch

12:30 PM Lunch Program – Perspective from a grant recipient:

How I applied for and used a grant in my agriculture business

1:15 PM Grant Programs Highlight Panel

  • USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant – Juli Speck
  • USDA Value Added Producer Grant – Mike Daniels
  • USDA SARE Farmer-Rancher Grant – Diane Mayerfeld

2:00 PM Hands-on Grant Proposal Evaluation & Development

  • Review and evaluate an actual proposal in groups.

Diane Mayerfeld, UW-Extension/SARE

3:00 PM Additional Financial Options

  • Farm Service Agency Farm Loans & Micro-loan Program
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service – Cost Share Programs
  • Farm Credit System Bank – Loan Program

3:45 PM Networking and one-on-one Q&A with presenters

4:00 PM Adjourn

PARTNERS:

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute — USDA, Rural Development — USDA, SARE — UW-Cooperative Extension — WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

FAQs

1. What kind of farm or food business would benefit from the workshop?

This workshop focuses on grants for farmers who are interested in trying something new, such as a different way to produce or sell a crop, or a way to add value to a farm product.

2. What will the workshop entail?

In the morning we will talk about how to design a good project for a grant and about how to decide what kind of grant to apply for, if any. During lunch a farmer who has received a grant will talk about the experience of applying for the grant and doing the project. In the afternoon we will hear about some specific grant programs and other funding sources, and will learn about how reviewers evaluate grant proposals.

3. Which grant programs and other financial options will be covered?

The workshop will cover grant programs such as SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Farmer-Rancher grants), VAPG (Value-Added Producer Grants), SCBG (Specialty Crop Block Grants), and the Buy Local Buy Wisconsin program in some detail, and will identify other grant and non-grant resources. Participants will also learn how to find information about other programs that may be relevant to their work in sustainable agriculture and community development.

4. What is a cost share program?

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages farmers to adopt certain practices to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, and otherwise benefit the environment. A USDA agency called the NRCS will pay part of the cost of practices such as planting a grassed waterway, building a hoophouse, or planting pollinator habitat. However, there is usually not enough cost-share money to cover all the requests, so it is important to have a good cost-share proposal.

5. If I am unable to pay the registration fee, how do I apply for a scholarship?

Please send a written explanation of why you need scholarship support to attend the workshop to _(local contact)_ at least one week before the workshop. Remember to include your contact information in your request.

6. What if English isn’t my first language? Will there be an interpreter and translated materials available?

If you register and tell us that you need an interpreter at least one week before the workshop we can arrange for either a Spanish or Hmong interpreter and translated handouts.

If you have other questions, please contact Erin Peot, 608-890-4606 or erin.peot@ces.uwex.edu

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