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Vermont Agriculture Individual Development Account Program

Vermont's Youth Agricultural IDA (YAIDA) program invites you to join its next group of participants. YAIDA is the first program of its kind in the United States, is specifically for young women and men ages 14 to 21 who are engaged or interested in farming, and provides:

  • Financial literacy education
  • Farm business management training
  • On-farm mentorships
  • 2:1 savings match
  • Educational workshops
  • Access to Vermont's network of agricultural experts
  • Opportunities to learn from and collaborate with other farmers

What do participants receive for completing the program?

  • Up to $1,000 for the purchase of a productive farm business asset
  • Farm business management skills
  • Completed business plan
  • Guidance on the way to joining the next generation of Vermont farmers
man with tractor and silo

This project is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of USDA-NIFA, grant #2011-49400-30589. Visit

usda nifa start 2 farm dot org

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