Environmental Planning Grants

epco_3The Center for Dairy Excellence and Center for Beef Excellence are jointly offering $1,000 grants for dairy and beef farms to meeting baseline ag compliance. The grants are made possible through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Ag Excellence funding.

The grants assist with the cost of hiring professional plan writers to develop Nutrient Management, Manure Management or Agriculture Erosion and Sediment Plans. Grant funds must be used by June 30, 2017. Once approved, farms can receive up to $1,000 to reimburse them for professional services associated with environmental planning. Farms must demonstrate that their needs cannot be met through services provided at the Environmental Compliance Workshops being sponsored by the Centers for Dairy and Beef Excellence.

Farms already using a Dairy Profit or Transition Team grant are not eligible to apply for this separate grant. Instead, farms enrolled in the team programs must elect the environmental grant option on the “On Farm Resource Team” application. The funds may be used for business planning or environmental compliance through the Dairy Profit Team Program.

Environmental Planning Grant Application

To apply to receive the $1,000 grant, farms should complete the application form above and submit it, along with a $25 application fee, to the Center for Dairy Excellence at 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Any questions related to the Environmental Planning Grants should be referred to Ann Nogan with the Center for Beef Excellence at 717-705-1689 or anogancbe@gmail.com or Melissa Anderson with the Center for Dairy Excellence at 717-346-0849 or manderson@centerfordairyexcellence.org.