Sappey encourages local farmers to apply for ag grant program

KENNETT SQUARE, Jan. 9 – State Rep. Christina Sappey urges local farmers, prospective farmers and those involved in the agriculture industry to apply for a new Farm Vitality Planning Grant Program that will preserve farms.

Created by the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Bill, which was enacted with Sappey’s support, the program helps recipients create or obtain plans for business and management strategies, transition of ownership and operation, diversification, farm expansion, and maintaining the long-term economic viability of farms.

“As our population in Pennsylvania ages, it is important to proactively address succession planning to ensure farms remain farms once their owners retire,” Sappey said. “These grants will help preserve farmlands, promote local agriculture economy and prevent unwanted development.”

The deadline to apply is April 3. The application can be found at https://www.esa.dced.state.pa.us/Login.aspx