The Division of Agricultural Resource Development at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has released its request for proposals for the 2019 agricultural development grants.

This program provides grants to conduct market promotion, market research and development, value-added processing and new technology demonstration projects. Public agencies, private companies (such as farms and food producers), and nonprofit organizations and institutions are eligible to apply. Proposals are due by Jan. 31. The grants are competitive, and matching funds (which can be in-kind) are required.

Each year, the DACF commissioner determines priority issues for the grant program. This year’s priorities include projects that assist farms to increase sales to institutions; improve sales to local buyers; help farms diversify markets and help Maine farms adapt to drought and other climate-related crop disturbances.

The request for proposals is available online at:

For more information, contact Leigh Hallett at 215-7388 or