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Posted on: June 28, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Virginia Cooperative Extension Announces Second Round of Funding for Agribusiness IT Program

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The Virginia Cooperative Extension Office has announced that applications will be accepted for a second round of funding for the SOVA Agribusiness Information Technology Cost-Share program. Applications will be accepted June 30 through July 31.

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 laptops (or iPad/tablet for Farm Logic applicants only) 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: Farm Logic recordkeeping software, Cattle Pro recordkeeping software, professional website development, laptop computers, QuickBooks financial recordkeeping software, and iPads/tablets (for Farm Logic applicants only).

In January 2017, Virginia Cooperative Extension was awarded $104,000 by the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission for this program.

This pilot initiative will serve approximately 80 producers. Round 1 launched in May 2017 and provided cost-share funding for 52 producers in 10 eligible TRRC localities: Pittsylvania, Halifax, Campbell, Bedford, Franklin, Henry, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Dinwiddie, and Wythe counties. With the remaining available cost-share funding, Round 2 will serve approximately 35 additional producers in an expanded eligibility area to include the original 10 counties plus an additional 8 TRRC localities: Charlotte, Appomattox, Nottoway, Amelia, Prince Edward, Brunswick, Buckingham, and Cumberland counties.

The Program Guidelines and Cost-Share Application are available now. Applications will begin being accepted on Friday, June 30, at 8 a.m. with a deadline of Monday, July 31, at 4:30 p.m., and should be submitted to the local Virginia Cooperative Extension office. The office is Campbell County is located at 163 Kabler Lane, Rustburg.

Applications will be reviewed by an evaluation team comprised of individuals from 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 S

Suite C

Chatham, VA 24531

434-432-7770

aswolfe@vt.edu

Educational sessions will be provided for each best practice on Friday, Nov. 3, at Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex in Chatham, and attendance is requirement for eligibility. The tentative schedule is as follows (more details to come):

9 - 10:30 a.m.: Cattle Pro

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.: QuickBooks

12 – 1 p.m.: Lunch Break

1 - 2:30 p.m.: Farm Logic

2:30 – 4 p.m.: Website Development

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 our website at 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 County office at 434-432-7770 during business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.


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