Qualifying applicants must be Vermont farmers or food producers who have suffered a devastating loss due to an unexpected natural disaster or extreme weather event in 2023 that puts their farm or farming career in danger. Examples of qualifying emergencies include loss of the below due to fire, flood, wind, extreme temperatures, drought and/or hail:
– Crops and hay fields
Businesses should be in otherwise good financial health, save for the unexpected impacts of the natural disaster or extreme weather. The assistance should help put the business back on track to profitability. Cash shortfalls due to equipment failure, unanticipated business situations and/or insufficient cash flow not caused by nature do not qualify as emergencies.