The Virginia Cooperative Extension was awarded $104,000 by the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission for its agribusiness project titled “SOVA Agribusiness Information Technology Program.”
The objective of the program is to increase producer productivity, by identifying producers who are willing to introduce information technology into their business management and marketing strategies, for an overall increase in net farm income, either from increased revenue, decreased expenses or increased efficiency.
Crop and Livestock producers who implement production recordkeeping systems will be able to sort data, track performance, and make strategic planning decisions, ultimately saving money on inputs and increasing production performance and efficiency. Agritourism/direct marketing operations implementing website development will have increased sales revenues from new online buyers and referrals.
All producers will have an opportunity to implement financial recordkeeping software and/or computers for farm business.
Cost-share funds will provide 33.3 percent reimbursement (not to exceed $1,200 cost-share per producer) to approved agribusiness operators on eligible components: laptop computers, QuickBooks financial recordkeeping software, Farm Logic recordkeeping software, Cattle Pro recordkeeping software, and professional website development.
Educational sessions will be provided for each best practice, and attendance is a requirement for eligibility. This pilot initiative will serve approximately 80 producers in 10 eligible Tobacco Commission localities, the counties of Campbell, Pittsylvania, Halifax, Bedford, Franklin, Henry, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Dinwiddie, and Wythe.
The Program Guidelines and Cost-Share Application are available now. Applications will begin being accepted on Monday, April 24 at 8 a.m. with a deadline of Friday, May 26, at 4:30 p.m., and should be submitted to the local Virginia Cooperative Extension office.
The Campbell County Cooperative Extension office is located at 163 Kabler Lane, Rustburg. The phone number is 434-332-9538.
Applications will be reviewed by an evaluation team comprised of individuals from the Virginia Cooperative Extension. Applications will be scored based on evaluation criteria and final selection of approved cost-share applications will be based on the strength of the applications and will give consideration to geographic distribution within the Tobacco Region.
Requests for Program Guidelines and Application and any other inquiries related to the cost-share program should be directed to:
Ashley Nauta, Project Coordinator
Virginia Cooperative Extension – Central District
Pittsylvania County Office
19783 U.S. Highway 29 South, Suite C
Chatham, VA 24531
The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is a 28-member body created by the 1999 General Assembly. Its mission is the promotion of economic growth and development in tobacco-dependent communities, using proceeds of the national tobacco settlement. To date, the Commission has awarded nearly 2,000 grants totaling more than $1 billion across the tobacco region of the Commonwealth, and has provided $309 million in indemnification payments to tobacco growers and quota holders. For information on the Commission’s history, mission, funding programs, and recent grant awards, visit www.tic.virginia.gov or call toll free 877-807-1086.
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in activities related to this program, please contact Ashley Nauta, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Pittsylvania office at 434-432-7770 during the business hours of 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event.