Ag agency offers farm equipment grants

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The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets is offering $1 million in funding for the Capital Equipment Assistance Program (CEAP). This financial assistance program is available to support farmers to acquire new or innovative equipment that will aid in the elimination of runoff from agricultural wastes to state waters, improve water quality, reduce odors from manure application, separate phosphorus from manure, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

“Funding investments for equipment that will improve water quality is a vital aspect of our farm assistance programs,” said Anson Tebbetts, secretary of the Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets. “This program has historically supported many farmers in their transition to no-till or in improving their farming practices with precision agricultural equipment. We’re excited to offer a new phosphorus removal technology funding category which will offer financial assistance for the installation of both physical and chemical mechanisms for the separation of phosphorus from manure.”

This year, funding is available through CEAP for a range of innovative equipment such as phosphorus removal technologies, no-till equipment, manure application record keeping units, manure injection equipment, and more.

The grant application opened on October 18, and applications are due by 4 p.m. on December 1, 2017. Eligible applicants include custom manure applicators, non-profit organizations, and farmers.

For the complete CEAP application, a list of eligible equipment with funding rates and caps, and any other program details, please visit agriculture.vermont.gov/ceap, call the agency at (802) 828-2431, or e-mail them at: [email protected] — from the Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets.

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