Free Money? Tips on Grant Writing and Financial Incentive Programs for Farmers
Tuesday, February 13, 5:30-8:30 PM
Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St, Lenox MA
$10 for Berkshire Grown members; $20 for non-members.
Supper will be provided.
RSVPs required. Register here.
Are you a farmer looking for grants that could support your farm business? An important part of success is choosing a funding source that complements your business and does not create a distraction or drive the business in a direction outside of your business plan. Join three presenters who will discuss how to assess if a grant program is a good fit for your farm business, cover alternative financial incentives for farmers such as cost-share programs, tax incentives and low-interest loans, share details about the application processes for NRCS and MDAR funding, and provide advice on successful grant writing. This class will help you understand common grant terminology and rules, and learn how to predict your project’s likelihood of receiving useful funding for your farm so that you don’t waste time on low probability or high cost proposals.
Panel presenters include Melissa Adams (MDAR), Liz Higgens (Cornell Cooperative Extension), and Dan Tighe (USDA/NRCS).
Elizabeth Higgins, Business Management Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Liz Higgins provides research and extension support to growers in Eastern New York in farm business management, business planning and risk management and agricultural economics. Liz has over 15 years’ experience grant writing and project management and has assisted growers in New York and Louisiana in successfully applying for USDA and NYS grants, including the NYS Beginning Farmer Grant and the Value Added Producer Grant, and frequently serves on USDA grant review panels.
Melissa Adams, Agricultural Planner & Program Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Agriculture
Melissa Adams coordinates farm viability grant programs for new farmers and APR farms, and business planning courses through Agricultural Business Training Program. Melissa has more than 15 years of experience in agricultural and community planning including work as Land Use Program Manager at the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, Economic Planner at American Farmland Trust, and consultant to Glynwood to lead the Keep Berkshires Farming planning process. Melissa has a B.S. in Business Management from Syracuse University and a Masters in Regional Planning from UMass Amherst.
Daniel Tighe, Soil Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Dan Tighe is a Soil Conservationist with NRCS based in the Pittsfield Service Center since June of 2016. Dan has a degree in Natural Resources with a focus in Forestry from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He covers all of Berkshire County to assist landowners in both a technical and financial capacity.