January 10, 2017

Farm Credit awards $44,250 to support farm and forest products programs

Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program recently awarded $44,250 to 20 organizations in the Northeast to promote agriculture, support young and beginning farmer initiatives and fund agricultural youth programs.

The program is a joint effort of Farm Credit East, Yankee Farm Credit and CoBank. Since its inception in 1996, Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement has awarded more than $1.9 million through 711 grants.

Grant recipients include:

  • Gulf of Maine Research Institute, $1,000 grant, to identify strategies and develop initiatives to create a vibrant and robust aquaculture industry.

  • Historic New England, $1,000, to develop short films on the critical role of the Grange in the Northeast's rural heritage and to foster new connections between granges, local farmers and communities.

  • Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners' Association, $1,000, to support next generation farmer training on building farm and food processing businesses.

  • UMaine Cooperative Extension, $1,000, to support the development of educational materials on child safety for farm families.

  • Eastern States Future Farmers of America Star Farmer, $10,000, to support its 2017 recognition program.

  • Women's Rural Entrepreneurial Network, $2,000, to host four webinars on key farm development topics that benefit small and emerging New England farms.

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