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37 Vt. farm, forestry projects share $1.1 million

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The state is giving more than $1 million away in an effort to create jobs and boost the economy.

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture announced more than $1 million in Working Lands grant awards Tuesday. The cash will be split among 37 recipients for everything from soil research and website development to new equipment for caramel producers and new land for timber producers.

Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross says smart investments can open up chokepoints in the state's economy.

"These are investments in those constricted points in our economy, to help grow the economy and thereby growing support all the businesses that are connected to them up and down that hose or economic chain," Ross said.

This is the second year the state has given out working lands awards. Spokespeople say many who applied in year one and later received technical application assistance were successful this year.

Among the recipients:

Grow Compost of Vermont, which is receiving $75,000 for new equipment to collect food scraps and manure to turn into compost at its Moretown site.

Green Mountain Hardwood in Ripton for a portable sawmill and materials for a solar-assisted lumber kiln.

Grants were also awarded to service providers including $50,000 to the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association and $50,000 to a project by the Intervale Center, Northeast Organic Farmers Association of Vermont, the University of Vermont and others to nurture the next wave of Vermont agricultural entrepreneurs.

Click here for more on all the grant recipients.

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