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Second round of grants available for Berkshire County farm transfers and access

SECOND ROUND APPLICATIONS accepted on a rolling basis until July 31, 2015. 

Northampton MA, June 3, 2015 – To help farm families concerned with farm transfer and farmland access, American Farmland Trust today announces a second round of funding for Berkshire County farmers and farmland owners to defray some of the associated costs with these issues. In the first grant round, four farms each received $2500 grants to offset costs associated with planning for the transition of the farm to a next generation.

The John P. Farkas Fund will offer grants up to $2500 to help defray the costs of professional services associated with:

  • Farm transfer and succession planning
  • Farmland protection
  • Selling or leasing farmland to a farmer
  • Farm business planning associated with any of the above.

Second round applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis with a deadline of July 31, 2015. 

More information, including the grant guidelines and a formal application, is available at www.berkshirefarmland.org.

For a paper copy of the application and grant guidelines, contact Peggy McCabe at American Farmland Trust. (413) 586-9330  ext. 17 or at pmccabe[at]farmland.org

The John P. Farkas Fund is administered by American Farmland Trust, in collaboration with Land For Good, Berkshire Grown, The Carrot Project, and Sheffield Land Trust.

This grant program is part of the Berkshire Farmland Initiative, which grew out of a three-year agricultural planning effort in Berkshire County. The Berkshire Farmland Initiative will: provide direct assistance and resources to farm families for farm succession planning and farm transfer strategies; help connect farmers and farmland owners seeking to sell or lease land with new and established farmers seeking to rent or buy; and develop a network of partners who can assess landowner and farmer needs and help direct individuals and families to the appropriate resources. Read more about the Initiative at www.berkshirefarmland.org.

Reprinted with permission.

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