Sustainable Agriculture Funding
It is estimated that each American Farmer is responsible for feeding 155 people. http://www.suite101.com/content/american-family-farmers-feeds-155-people-each-2-americans-farm-a231011
Farmers take their responsibility very seriously, and it is in the best interest of all people to help our farmers establish and maintain agricultural sustainability for our future well-being.
Sustainable agriculture farm grant funding sources are constantly changing and evolving. Funding is available for such purposes as:
- Farm Expansion
- Organic Transition
- Education and Outreach
- Farm Production Improvements
- Environmental Improvements
- Renewable Energy Development
- Energy Efficiency Improvements
- Value-added Product Development
- And much more
In addition to local and private farm grant funding and assistance sources, the following public agencies have taken the lead in this area for Wisconsin Farmers:
The US Department of Agriculture offers Rural Business Enterprise Grants for financing and developing small and emerging private businesses with less than $1 million in revenues, and which will have fewer than 50 new employees. There is no maximum dollar limit for any one project. Funds can be used for technical assistance, revolving loan program, incubator/industrial buildings, and industrial park improvements.
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
The WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has a tool to help small businesses develop and grow their value-added business using money, information, and technical assistance from outside their organization.
Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network
Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Network (WEN) can help you with funding and growth opportunities; commercial viability of technologies and products; strategic business and marketing plans and federal research and development funding sources. WEN provides seamless access to the statewide network of entrepreneurial resources and expertise to create new ventures; help grow existing business; and move forward high potential entrepreneurs to enable Wisconsin to be competitive in a global economic environment. WEN is an initiative of the Governor’s Grow Wisconsin Plan and ACT 255.
Wisconsin University Extension Program
University of Wisconsin-Extension provides statewide access to university resources and research so the people of Wisconsin can learn, grow and succeed at all stages of life. UW-Extension carries out this tradition of the Wisconsin Idea – extending the boundaries of the university to the boundaries of the state – through its four divisions of continuing education, cooperative extension, entrepreneurship and economic development and broadcast and media innovations.
Please contact Written Impressions to learn more about Farm Funding and Assistance Opportunities, and to explore your eligibility for the many available programs.