AUGUSTA — The Division of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) will use federal Coronavirus Support, Reduction, and Financial Safety (CARES) Act funding to help farmers and agricultural producers impacted by COVID-19, DACF Commissioner Amanda Beal introduced this week.
“Adapting and assembly the challenges of market disruptions attributable to COVID-19 prompted many farmers to spend money on e-commerce options,” Beal mentioned. “I’m happy that we’re in a position to allocate these funds to reimburse farmers and producers who innovated shortly through the pandemic to enhance their web sites and create on-line gross sales platforms to achieve clients looking for Maine grown agricultural merchandise.”
This program, which can be administered by Coastal Enterprises, Inc., is open to farm companies which have incurred new, unanticipated bills straight associated to e-commerce infrastructure buy or subscription after March 1.
The funding consists of reimbursement of as much as $5,000 for e-commerce infrastructure, together with: Complete on-line gross sales administration platforms (e.g., those who cowl CSA, wholesale, and direct-to-consumer fashions); On-line cost processing subscription/providers; Turnkey or customized order processing and success software program; Web site design/customization providers (e.g., subcontractor providers); Important program/app integration providers (e.g., QuickBooks, Stripe).
“Elevated entry to extra farm-direct merchandise has been one of many vibrant spots through the pandemic,” added DACF Bureau of Agriculture Director Nancy McBrady. “We’re ensuring the farm companies that turned to on-line gross sales to soundly make meals out there to their clients throughout COVID-19 are reimbursed.”
Many agricultural producers have been pressured to quickly and radically shift their enterprise practices to outlive market loss resulting from COVID-19, the discharge famous, and plenty of have switched to or drastically upgraded their direct-to-consumer choices.
DACF is utilizing CARES Act funding to offer the financial help wanted by these producers to transition from face-to-face transactions to on-line gross sales and order success by means of e-commerce infrastructure grants, the discharge acknowledged.
Full DACF CARES Act (CFDA# 21.019) E-Commerce Reimbursement Program data is on the market on CEI’s Maine Grant Programs webpage. The appliance deadline is December 18.