The APR Improvement Program (AIP) helps sustain active commercial farming on land that has already been protected through the Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program. AIP provides business planning assistance to farmers selected to participate in the program and grants from $25,000 up to $100,000 may be available on a reimbursement basis to improve farm productivity and profitability of participating APR farms. AIP funds are used primarily for capital improvements, such as constructing or repairing barns, farm stands, livestock housing, or processing facilities; or land management, such as reseeding hay fields, pasture improvements, fencing, or establishing perennial crops.
AIP applications and program information are available here. The deadline for applications is Monday, May 15, 2017.
For further information on any of the MDAR grants or if you would like an application mailed to you, contact Melissa Adams at 413-548-1904 or Melissa.L.Adams@state.ma.us.