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Berkshire County Grant Program to Aid Farm Transfer and Farmland Access

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 28, 2015

Northampton MA , December 17, 2014 – To help farm families concerned with farm transfer and farmland access, American Farmland Trust today announces funding for Berkshire County farmers and farmland owners to defray some of the associated costs with these issues.

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.

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

Applications are due by February 28, 2015.

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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