Contact: Andrew Bernhardt, WI SARE coordinator 608-890-0097 firstname.lastname@example.org
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/.