Apply for a Trade Show Assistance Grant

Trade Show Assistance Grants

Vermont Department of Agriculture, Food and Markets Vermont agriculture and forestry businesses are invited to apply for the Trade Show Assistance Grant (TSAG). These grants provide funds for businesses to identify, plan, exhibit and sell their Vermont products at out-of-state trade shows or virtual shows aimed at out-of-state buyers. These matching grants can mitigate the financial risk associated with attending a trade show, which provides an excellent opportunity to network with wholesale buyers.

Funds may be used to reimburse up to 50% of the following expenses: travel; marketing assets and booth design; registration fees; booth festivals; furnishings; utilities; shipping/freight; and other marketing costs (samples, printing, etc.). Applicants may include up to five trade shows in their annual trade show marketing plan, requesting eligible reimbursements totaling $2,000 to $5,000 for shows held between April 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024. Businesses may not apply for funding to support participation in a trade show they have already attended five or more times.

Eligible applicants are Vermont agricultural and forestry businesses that: (1) are registered with the Vermont Secretary of State and have been in business for more than one year; (2) are located or are headquartered in Vermont; ( 3) The business has more than three wholesale accounts; (4) The business’s products meet the Vermont local definition as defined in Act No. 129.

The application will be open from December 15, 2022 to January 31, 2023. For questions about this grant opportunity, please contact Kristen Brassard at

Local Food Purchase Assistance Program
Local Food Buying Assistance Grants Deadline Dec. 12

Applications for the Local Food Purchase Assistance Grant close on December 12th. This funding helps Vermont farms, food producers and organizations purchase food from socially disadvantaged farmers and producers.

$200,000 available. There is no minimum or maximum award amount, and requests should be aligned with project goals.

Review the application request for full details.

Application Deadline: December 12

Farm slaughterhouse

Join rural Vermont and Lake Mary at Argyle Farms in Bennington for a farm slaughter and processing workshop.

The workshop will update state and federal regulations regarding on-farm slaughter, and participants will learn how to slaughter and process lamb humanely and efficiently.

Tickets are $40 and advance registration is required.

Workshop: Saturday. December 17th 9:30-3:00pm

Bill 250 Engages in the Discussion

You are invited to attend a public meeting on Bill 250 and Affiliated Farm Businesses hosted by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Markets.

This is an opportunity to discuss the State Legislature’s draft proposal on how to apply the jurisdiction of Bill 250 to agricultural businesses. The final report is due on January 15th.

You can join meetings on Microsoft Teams, the password is ivan.

Meeting: December 8 at 6:00 pm

Having an agritourism event on your farm has the potential to diversify and increase farm income while building more meaningful relationships with your customers and giving them the opportunity to learn about farming. However, deciding what to do and how to get started can often feel overwhelming.

This week on the blog, we’ll share some of our favorite resources to help you start (or expand) your agritourism business.

Check out the blog!

WLEI Primary Producer Grant

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