To be entered into the drawing, producers must participate by Feb. 15. For more information and to provide your input to this survey, visit FarmCreditEast.com.
Farm Credit East to host ag economy, labor outlook webinar
Northeast producers are invited to participate in a webinar providing a 2014 agricultural economic outlook and an update on ag labor. This webinar, hosted by Farm Credit East, will be held Thursday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m.
This webinar will feature Dr. Terry Barr, economist with CoBank, who will take a look at agricultural markets in 2014 and the road ahead. Barr will cover global agricultural trade in major commodities including feed, grain and dairy, and how international markets affect us here in the Northeast.
Monte Lake, attorney and agricultural labor expert, will join the webinar to provide an update on the agricultural labor situation. His presentation will focus on legal issues and regulatory compliance, including a look at the status of the H-2A program.
This webinar is free. Visit FarmCreditEast.com/webinars for registration information.
Farm-to-Institution grant funding available
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) announces $40,000 available to agricultural producers and food hubs serving institutional markets through the Local Food Market Development Grant program for 2014.
Any Vermont producers, processors, community food organization, or food hub interested in a Local Food Market Development grant can find more information and download an application at http://agriculture.vermont.gov under the ‘Grants’ tab on the homepage.
Maximum grant awards will be $7,500 with a 25% cash or in-kind match requirement by producers, and 50% match requirement by community groups and food hubs. All applications must be received by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture no later than 4:30 pm on Monday, March 3, 2014.
For more information about the Local Food Market Development Grant program visit the VAAFM website http://agriculture.vermont.gov or by contacting Abbey Willard, Local Foods Administrator, 802-828-3829 or firstname.lastname@example.org.