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Badgerland Financial Offering 'Beginning Farmer' Grants
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 08/11/2014

The Prairie du Sac-based Badgerland Financial is once again holding its 'Beginning with Badgerland' initiative, which assists farm entrepreneurs in starting and growing their farm businesses.

The program, originally launched in 2008, is open to any beginning farmer in Badgerland Financial's service area. Specifically, it helps farmers apply for grant funds to offset the cost of training, professional services, such as tax preparation, or other business related expenses. And it helps customized financing packages for the operation, while providing a consultation with one of Badgerland Financial's farm tax or accounting specialists.

"The centerpiece of the program is a small grant available to any beginning farmer who lives within Badgerland Financial's 33-county service area, regardless of age or whether they presently do business with the cooperative," says Paul Dietmann, Emerging Markets Specialist at Badgerland Financial. "Grant funds can be used for farm business-related costs such as tuition, conference registration fees, tax preparation by a Badgerland Financial tax consultant, business organization, marketing materials and more."

Beginning farmers have used their grant funds for a variety of purposes. Some have enrolled in Farm Business and Production Management courses at their local technical colleges. Other participated in the School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers or the School for Beginning Market Growers offered through UW-Madison.

Badgerland Financial serves members through offices in 17 communities in 33 southern Wisconsin counties. To learn more about the Beginning with Badgerland program, call 608-370-6956.

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