Agricultural Development Grant cycle opens

Agricultural associations, industry and producer groups, community-based organizations, and school and universities invited to apply
Feb 15, 2020

Augusta — The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is seeking applications for grants designed to accelerate new market development, adoption of improved technology, and promotion of agricultural products produced in Maine. DACF expects to award up to $500,000 in ADG grants in 2020.

“The purpose of the Agricultural Development Grants is to grow opportunities for agricultural businesses to innovate and thrive,” said DACF Commissioner Amanda Beal. “We look forward to this round of creative proposals, and the opportunity to help accelerate the implementation and impact of the ideas they bring to the table.”

The grants support projects involving market research and market promotion, as well as testing and demonstrating new technologies. Additional priority will be given to projects that focus on helping to diversify market opportunities for farms, creating new opportunity for multiple farms to expand access to local and regional markets, improving adaptation and increasing resilience to climate-related farm disturbances in support of long-term farm vitality and productivity, enhancing value-added food or fiber production opportunities for products containing all, or a majority of, Maine-grown ingredients/materials, and providing processing infrastructure opportunities for agricultural products from more than one farm.

Deadline to apply is March 27, and after evaluating applications, DACF will issue conditional award letters in May.

Eligible applicants include agricultural associations, industry and producer groups, community-based organizations, and schools and universities seeking to make Maine-grown and produced agricultural products more competitive and establish new technologies.

Established by the Maine Legislature, the ADG program provides cost-share grants to address the need to accelerate market development, adoption of improved technology, and promotion of agricultural products produced in Maine. The ADG program was created in 1996, capitalized by the interest from Agricultural Marketing Loan Fund bond. Grants are awarded every one to two years through a competitive proposal process.

 

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