Working Lands Enterprise Initiative News Digest - February 27th, 2015



Scaling Up Egg Production: Management, Markets, Regulation, and Finances (From Mark Cannella at UVM – a Working Lands Grantee!)

Working Lands Annual Report Shows Positive Impact (Vermont Digger)

USDA Launches Site to Serve as One-stop-shop for New and Beginning Farmers or Ranchers (United States Department of Agriculture)

Barn Preservation Grants Awarded to 21 Ag Buildings Across Vermont (Vermont Business Magazine)


New State Forest will be Created in Shrewsbury and Mendon and Named After Senator Jim Jeffords (Vermont Digger)

Vermont Pushes Legislation to Spur the use of Modern Wood Heating Systems (Vermont Business Magazine)

Vermonters Return to Wood Heat: It’s Still the Way to Go (Vermont Woman Magazine)

Agriculture and Forestry

House OK’s Penalty Increase for Land Removal from Current Use (Vermont Digger)


Events /Trainings

February 27th – March 1st – The Vermont Flower Show 2015 – Essex Junction

February 16th, 2015 – Enterprise Analysis Workshop, Rutland

April 7th - 8th, 2015 – Welcoming Customers On Your Farm, Using Agritourism, Education, and Direct Sales to Increase Farm Profits

March 4th, 2015 – The How, When, and Why of Accessing Business Capital Hosted by Rutland Area Farm and Food Link:  1 – 2:30 pm

March 10th, 2015 – Local Specialty Crop Trade Show and Local Food Trade Show, Boston

March 12th, 2015 – Taste of Vermont Legislative Reception, 5 pm – 7 pm at Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Montpelier

March 12th – Farmers Needed for Focus Group for Healthcare Discussion – email Emily Stengel at UVM at

March 14th, 2015 – Organic Beekeeping workshop with Ross Conrad

March 18th, April 1st and April 15th – Mechanization and Tractor Education for Beginning Farmers Webinar

March 19th – Climate Change and Vermont’s Forests Webinar

April – June – Mechanization and Tractor Education for Beginning Farmers Hands-on-Workshops

May 20th - 21st, 2015 – Vermont Chamber Business & Industry Expo


Funding Opportunities

Rural Micro-entrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP)

Windham County Revolving Loan Fund

USDA Announces REAP Funding

USDA Announces Numerous Opportunities for Food and Agriculture Grants

United States Department of Agriculture – Rural Development

                Value Added Producer Grant Program

                Farmers Market Promotion Program

                Rural Energy for America Program

                Rural Business Opportunity Grants

                Rural Business Enterprise Grants

                Business and Industry Loan Guarantee

                Intermediary Relending Program


For Fun

Glamourous Camping in a Tree House