The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is pleased to announce $1 million in funding for the Capital Equipment Assistance Program (CEAP). This financial assistance program is available to support farmers to acquire new or innovative equipment that will aid in the elimination of runoff from agricultural wastes to state waters, improve water quality, reduce odors from manure application, separate phosphorus from manure, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions.
“Funding investments for equipment that will improve water quality is a vital aspect of our farm assistance programs. This program has historically supported many farmers in their transition to no-till or in improving their farming practices with precision agricultural equipment,” said Anson Tebbetts, secretary of Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.
Tebbetts continued, “We’re excited to offer a new phosphorus removal technology funding category which will offer financial assistance for the installation of both physical and chemical mechanisms for the separation of phosphorus from manure.”
This year, funding is available through CEAP for a range of innovative equipment such as phosphorus removal technologies, no-till equipment, manure application record keeping units, manure injection equipment, and more. Specific equipment that is eligible for funding as well as the corresponding funding rates and caps is available the agency’s website at agriculture.vermont.gov/ceap
The grant application opened Oct. 18, and applications are due by 4 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2017. Eligible applicants include custom manure applicators, non-profit organizations, and farmers.