New Round of Coronavirus Assistance & Expanded Eligibility

Following is an update on Coronavirus assistance from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Farms and Markets

New relief funding is now available through Vermont’s Coronavirus agriculture assistance programs.

In addition, both the Agriculture & Working Lands and the Dairy Relief programs are reopening this week. The deadline for these programs has been extended to November 15th and eligibility has been expanded for Agriculture &Working Lands.

Eligibility changes include:

  • Sole proprietors are now eligible to apply
  • Businesses with a net profit between March 2020 and August 2020 can now apply
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Federal Coronavirus Assistance Program (CFAP2) Expands to More Crops

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) began taking applications for CFAP2 on Monday, September 21. The program will end on December 11, 2020. Close to $14 billion dollars has been made available to fund this effort.

The program has expanded to include hundreds of crops and livestock products.

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Vermont COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program Now Open

$8.5 Million in CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funding is now available to a wide variety of agricultural, food, and forestry businesses and organizations through the Vermont COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program (VCAAP) Agriculture and Working Lands Assistance Application.

General Eligibility Criteria

  • Farmers, commercial processors, commercial slaughterhouses, farmers’ markets, value-added food product businesses, forest products businesses, dairy producers or processors, and agriculture producer associations are eligible.
  • Applicants must have gross annual income of at least $10,000 to apply.
  • Applicants must be without an active enforcement violation that reached a final order with VAAFM and/or ANR.
  • Applicants must have verifiable losses and/or expenses since March 1, 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

How to Apply

  1. Determine if your business or organization is eligible for assistance by utilizing the Agriculture and Working Lands Eligibility Flowchart.
  2. Gather the following documentation: 2019 Tax Return, 2019 and 2020 Income Statements broken out by month, as well as documentation of losses incurred since March 1, 2020 that are related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Applicants should also have available the information that is captured in a W-9 form, but applicants are not required to submit a signed W-9 with their applications.
  3. Attend or view an Agriculture and Working Lands Webinar for Applicants. You may wish to initiate an application in the system prior to attending a webinar to become familiar with the application questions and layout. However, we strongly encourage applicants to wait to submit an application until after you have attended or viewed one of the webinars.
  4. Review the Agriculture and Working Lands Application Guide and reference the VCAAP Frequently Asked Questions.
  5. Complete and submit your application by October 1, 2020. If you need assistance throughout this process, refer to our list of Agriculture Business Support partners. Please keep in mind that grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so the application may close prior to October 1 if all funds are expended.

For more information:

(802) 828-2430 select #9
AGR.CovidResponse@vermont.gov

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