The Vermont Community Foundation and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture announced that the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund has awarded $897,300 to 126 farmers affected by Tropical Storm Irene in the fund’s fourth round. To date, the grant committee has received applications from 210 farmers and has awarded grants to 171 farmers totaling in excess of $1.5 million. As of December 22, total contributions received or pledged to the fund exceeded $2.25 million.
The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund announced the creation of the Vermont Agriculture Development Program, which will provide technical assistance to promising entrepreneurs with ideas for new businesses or programs.
After limited success growing high quality grains on his soggy farmland, Vermonter Erik Andrus turned to rice. He hopes his efforts in Ferrisburgh will be a model for New England farmers looking for new sources of revenue.