“Politicians love small businesses; they also love farmers. As a result, farmers and entrepreneurs in Ag-based businesses enjoy a bigger suite of government assistance programs than just about any other group. However, there is also a lot of confusion about what really is available: reasonable loans to beginning farmers (yes), grants to raise alpacas (no). To help sort all this out, Stephen Versen, a Project Manager in the Agriculture and Forestry Development Services unit at VDACS (Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services), will be discussing some of the most useful state and federal programs and answering your questions about accessing them. Major topics to be discussed are USDA loan and grant programs, as well as assistance available through the Commonwealth of Virginia, including: the Virginia Grown/Virginia’s Finest programs and the new Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID).
To participate in this webinar please call Cumberland Extension Agent David Smith at 804-492-4390
Check out the project website at www.vabeginningfarmer.org for recordings of past webinars and to see what other exciting initiatives are being developed!