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Assistance for Agricultural Producers

Welcome to the Guide to Assistance for Agricultural Producers of Vermont!

The 2024 Guide is here! It has updated information for calendar year 2024 and new programs to learn about!

We plan to update the guide every calendar year. Please send any and all feedback to for us to incorporate into the next version.

Guide to Assistance for Agricultural Producers of Vermont

What is it?

This guide includes local, state, and federal technical and financial assistance opportunities for individuals and entities working with crops, forestry products, livestock, nursery stock, and/or other land-based products.

Who is it for?

This guide is a resource manual for all Vermont farmers at any stage in their profession. Although this guide was created and continues to be updated by the Franklin County Natural Resources Conservation District, it is applicable across the entire State of Vermont, not limited to Franklin County.

How do I use it?

Use the guide's table of contents to find various technical and financial assistance opportunities sorted by category, like "Business Development, Research, & Innovation" and "Forestry & Maple." The guide provides an overview of each opportunity. Visit the website or contact information associated with each opportunity for the most up-to-date information. If you are in need of assistance in regard to any opportunity, such as help applying to a program or grant, please feel free to contact your local Natural Resources Conservation District. There is a Contacts list at the end of the guide.

Please let us know if anything could be improved by contacting us at

We wish to thank all the organizations represented in this publication who have reviewed and provided feedback to support its improvement and have contributed up-to-date information.

Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets (VAAFM) Grants Video

In June 2023, grant managers from across the Agency of Agriculture got together to deliver a 1.5 hour webinar on State grant opportunities available to Vermont farmers. The intended audience of this webinar was service providers who work with Vermont farmers. A very wide range of grant opportunities were discussed, including Water Quality grants (3:27 in webinar), Working Lands Enterprise Board grants (15:36), Dairy Business Innovation Center grants (33:21), marketing and branding resources and grants (53:21), Local Food Purchase Assistance grants (1:00:50), Farm First and PASA farmworker relief payments (1:09:45), and Produce Safety grants (1:18:50). 

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