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Vermont agribusiness service providers expand to include wood product industry

Vermont agribusiness service providers expand to include wood product industry

Posted on August 07, 2013

Business planning and technical assistance previously available to the agricultural sector is growing to include wood product and forestry industry businesses. The Vermont Farm Viability Program and the Vermont Agriculture Development Program are increasing services designed to help forestry sector businesses increase profits, improve management, develop new value-added products, and become more efficient.

Applications are now being accepted for forestry sector businesses such as loggers, mills, kilns, and wood product industries to receive business planning and technical assistance services provided by the Vermont Farm Viability Program and the Vermont Agriculture Development Program. A $100,000 grant from the Working Lands Enterprise Fund to the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board will support the delivery of these new services.

“Vermont is committed to supporting and expanding our value-added farm and forest industries,” says Governor Shumlin. “By investing in technical assistance and infrastructure projects, these grants will help farmers and those who work our woodlands prosper and grow sustainably for future generations.”

Program participants will receive in-depth, one-on-one assistance with strategic planning, marketing, feasibility analysis, financial record-keeping, management, cash flow, and accessing and utilizing capital.   

“Vermont’s working landscape captures Vermont’s culture, character, and community,” says Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross. “The Working Lands Enterprise Fund provides a deeper investment in Vermont’s working lands and its people. It represents a historic initiative by the State to advance Vermont’s forestry and forest products sector in a way that has never been done before.”

Interested food and forestry sector businesses can call 802-828-3370 or visit www.vhcb.org/viability/forestry.html for more information and to download an application for both Vermont Farm Viability and Vermont Agriculture Development Programs.

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The Vermont Farm Viability Program (VFVP) is a program of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board offering in-depth business planning and technical assistance to strengthen the viability of Vermont food, farm and forestry businesses. Since 2004, VFVP has worked with over 400 farms and food businesses across the state to improve business, production, and financial management through a network of non-profit partners and independent consultants. www.vhcb.org/viability/

The Vermont Agriculture Development Program (VADP) is a program of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund supporting the growth and long-term success of value-added agricultural and forestry enterprises based in Vermont. Entrepreneurs work with the VADP team to build markets, improve operations, plan new initiatives, and access the capital needed to grow. http://www.vsjf.org/project-details/18/vermont-agriculture-development-program