Working Lands Enterprise Initiative News Digest - March 13, 2015



Vermont Farms Monitor Storage Conditions by Cellphone (Rutland Herald) – A Working Lands Grantee!

Maple Landmark Receives Two Children’s Products Awards (Vermont Business Magazine)

Sodexo Names Director of Local Food Initiative (Vermont Digger)

Vermont Recognizes National Weights and Measures Week March 1st – 7th, 2015 (Vermont Business Magazine)

Salvation Farms meets Fundraising goal of $156,000 for Correctional Facility Project (Salvation Farms)

UVM Receives two $500,000 grants from USDA (Vermont Business Magazine)

Training & Savings Program for Vermont's Next Generation of Farmers Seeks Youth Participants (University of Vermont)


Why Heavily Forested Maine Imports Wood Each Year (The Point)

Lumber Retailer Addresses Safety Concerns about Wood (USA Today)

Vermont Monitoring Cooperative Releases Report on State’s Forested Landscape (Vermont Digger)

Agriculture and Forestry

Nominations for the 4th Annual Family Business Awards to be presented on October 2, 2015 by UVM’s School of Business due March 31, 2015 (University of Vermont)

VT Brand Adds Value, but Rules are Complex (Vermont Digger)

Events /Trainings

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

March 17th – Starting Your Own Business workshop from noon – 4pm at 110 Merchants Row, Suite 312, Rutland. $99. Email to register

March 18th – Exploring Business Ownership webinar 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm. Free. log onto and use the meeting number 8882948505 and the code 3426809. To access the conference call, dial toll free 1-888-294-8505, when prompted enter the access code of 3426809. For more information, email or call (802) 828-4422 Ext. 206.

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

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

March 19th – Sjon Welters of Rhapsody Natural Foods speaks on growing rice in Vermont – 6pm, Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier.

March 24th - Starting Your Own Business workshop from 9am – 1pm at 36 Eastern Avenue, St. Johnsbury. $99. Email to register

March 25th – Starting Your Own Business workshop from 9am - 1pm at 72 Helena Drive, Williston. $99. Email  to register

March 29th – Local Food Business Pitch Competition from 1 – 2pm at Healthy Living, Burlington, VT

March 30th – USDA, Ag Marketing Service grant writing workshop - Rutland Area Farm and Food Link, 67 Merchants Row, Rutland. Contact Hans Estrin for more information –

April 6th - USDA, Ag Marketing Service grant writing workshop - USDA Service Center, 28 Farmvu Road, White River Junction. Contact Hans Estrin for more information –

April 7th – 8th – VT. Agritourism Collaborative - Welcoming Customers on your Farm - 2 day gathering in Rutland, VT.

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

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

June 3rd – June 5th – Strolling of the Heifers Slow Living Summit. Brattleboro, VT

June 11th – June 12th – New England Food Summit – Simmons College, Boston, MA

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