Sunday, October 23, 2016

Deadline Jan. 27 to Apply for New Farmers Grant Fund

The deadline is Jan. 27 to apply for the New Farmers Grant Fund.

Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Sen. Patty Ritchie is encouraging people who are interested in pursuing careers in agriculture or just starting out as farmers to apply for the “New Farmers Grant Fund.”

Through the New Farmers Grant Fund, $1 million will help provide grants of up to $50,000 to new and beginning farmers for the purchase of equipment, supplies and other necessities essential to an agricultural business.  

The program is now in its third year and to date has allocated $1.4 million in grants to 41 farms across the state. 

"Across our state, the New Farmers Grant Fund is providing people who are new to agriculture with the resources necessary to start their businesses, and those who are just starting with the support they need to continue on the road to success,” said Ritchie.

This year, the New Farmers Grant Fund has eliminated the 150 acres or less requirement and will accept applications from agricultural operations of all sizes.  

Full guidelines for applying can be found by visiting Sen. Ritchie’s website,  

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