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2019 Agricultural Grant proposals now accepted

AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has released a Request for Proposals for the 2019 Agricultural Development Grants.

According to DACF, this program provides grants to conduct market promotion, market research and development, value-added processing and new technology demonstration projects. Public agencies, private companies (such as farms and food producers), and non-profit organizations and institutions are eligible to apply. Proposals due by Jan. 31, 2019.

The grants are competitive, and matching funds (which can be in-kind) are required. Priorities for grants this year include: assisting farms in increasing sales to institutions, improve sales to local buyers, help farms diversify markets and help Maine farms adapt to drought and other climate-related crop disturbances.

For more information about the grant, go to: https://www.maine.gov/dacf/ard/grants/agricultural_development.shtml

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