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The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is currently accepting applications for its Agricultural Composting Improvement Program (ACIP). The program assists agricultural composters by funding projects and equipment to facilitate best management practices, utilize compost for agricultural purposes, and enhance overall management of agricultural composting operations.

Eligible applicants include farmers engaged in production agriculture for commercial purposes (as defined by Massachusetts law) and who are engaged in agricultural composting.

MDAR will consider projects that fund facility improvements such as compost pads, windrow covers, or system upgrades, as well as the following equipment purchases:

  • Screeners
  • Spreaders
  • Turners
  • Mixers
  • Loaders

Grant awards will fund a maximum of 50% of total project or equipment costs, up to $50,000. Grant applications are due November 9, 2018 by 4:00pm ET.

Please view MDAR’s Request for Response Document for more details about the eligibility requirements and application process. For questions or more information, please contact Sean Bowen at MDAR at 617-626-1724 or

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