August 21, 2017

Agriculture Agency offers clean water initiative grants

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The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets has announced a second round of requests for proposals for the Ag Clean Water Initiative Program. This grant program is made possible and supported, in part, by the Clean Water Fund — a fund created by Act 64 of Vermont’s Clean Water Act.

This second round of RFPs will fund organizations assisting farmers throughout the state to support planning and installation of vegetative buffers adjacent to streams, grassed waterways to prevent gully erosion in crop fields, and grazing systems to exclude livestock from surface waters.

“We’re excited to offer this expansion of technical assistance resources to support our hardworking farmers in their continued effort to identify, plan and install conservation practices to improve water quality throughout the state,” said Anson Tebbetts, secretary of agriculture. “We’ve seen a real uptick in the number of farmers interested in implementing projects, but technical assistance capacity to serve them is currently under-resourced. We are hoping to expand technical assistance for farmers with these grant opportunities.”

Visit Agriculture.Vermont.gov/WQ-RFP for RFP documents. Applications for this program are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28. Applications must be submitted electronically to: Raymond.Doherty@Vermont.gov.
 

 

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