Learn more about Agricultural Grants and other financial options for farmers and food entrepreneurs

NCR-SAREContact: Andrew Bernhardt, WI SARE coordinator 608-890-0097 andrew.bernhardt@ces.uwex.edu

Four Agricultural Grants Workshops will be held around the state to help farmers and other value-added food entrepreneurs learn about available agricultural grants, how to put together strong grant proposals, and about other financing options.

The one-day workshops are hosted by University of Wisconsin-Extension in partnership with Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI), USDA Rural Development, USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE), and Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).

Each workshop covers the same topics, which include:

  • An overview to agricultural grants, grant writing and what makes a strong grant proposal.
  • A lunch-time presentation from a local grant awardee talking about his/her grant experience.
  • Description and overview of Ag Grants from grant managers for:
    • USDA Value Added Producer Grant,
    • USDA-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant,
    • USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant, and
    • WI-DATCP Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grant.
  • A group exercise that allows participants to review actual proposals and gain hands-on experience at grant-writing.
  • Specific info on other financial options (FSA loans, traditional bank loans and NRCS cost share programs) specific to Wisconsin.

The dates and locations are:

  • Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 – western Wisconsin – Hixton
  • Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 – northern Wisconsin – Merrill
  • Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 – southeastern Wisconsin – West Bend
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 – southwestern Wisconsin – Platteville

The registration fee of $15 covers the cost of lunch and materials.

For more information about these workshops, including specific locations and how to register for each workshop, visit: http://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/sustag/2015/08/10/2015-ag-grants-workshops/.

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