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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 20-485



Agricultural Business Development Center Farm Vitality Planning Grant Program; Extension of Application Deadline

[50 Pa.B. 1933]
[Saturday, April 4, 2020]

 The Department of Agriculture (Department) hereby provides notice that the application submittal deadline for grant applications under the Farm Vitality Planning Grant Program (Program) is extended to 4:59 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

 The standards and requirements for the Program were published at 50 Pa.B. 20 (January 4, 2020) and can be reviewed online through The Department will provide paper copies of these standards and requirements upon request directed to Morgan Sheffield, (717) 787-3568,

 The Program is established under the authority of the Agricultural Business Development Center Act (act) (3 Pa.C.S. §§ 4801—4810). The act allows the Department to award matching funds to farmers, prospective farmers and others in furtherance of the objectives set forth in the act. These objectives relate to enhancing the long-term vitality of farms in this Commonwealth through sound business planning, efficient transitions of farm ownership, strategic farm expansion, diversification of agricultural production and building a team of financial and technical expertise as a resource for farmers in this Commonwealth.

 Interested persons should review the published standards and requirements for the Program, as published. In summary, the Program's objective is to provide matching reimbursement grants of up to $7,500 to eligible farmers, prospective farmers and others to help these grant recipients:

 a. Create or obtain business plans and management strategies to enhance the long-term economic viability of a farm.

 b. Create or obtain plans for the transition of ownership and operation of a farm to new owners and operators.

 c. Create or obtain plans for transfer of ownership and operation of a farm within the farmer's family.

 d. Create or obtain business planning to diversify an existing agricultural operation to new or different forms of agricultural production, including on-farm value-added processing and agritourism.

 e. Maintain the long-term economic viability and protect the investment of public funds in preserving farms that are subject to perpetual agricultural conservation easements acquired under the Agricultural Area Security Law (3 P.S. §§ 901—915), for agricultural production.

 f. Create or obtain business planning for a farm expansion or to seek financing for farm growth.

 The application process is entirely electronic and is detailed in the standards and requirements for the Program. The Department will review complete grant applications in the order they are received and will award grants on a continuous basis until available funds are exhausted.

 Additional information may be obtained from the Department by contacting Morgan Sheffield, (717) 787-3568,


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-485. Filed for public inspection April 3, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]

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