Maple Business Resources

Financing Your Operation

Financial Planning Resources and Mentoring:

Resources for Leasing a Sugarbush

Farm and Maple Specific Loan, Grant, and Cost Share Programs:

  • USDA: Farm Service Agency, and Natural Resources Conservation Service

Contact your local USDA Service Center for more information about the following programs. Some of their funding programs for maple producers include:

    • Farm Storage Facility Loans (sap tanks, hauling trucks, syrup storage space, etc.)
    • Farm Loan Programs including;
      • Direct and Guaranteed Farm Operating Loans
      • Direct and Guaranteed Farm Ownership Loans
      • Direct Microloans
      • Direct Emergency Loans (From declared natural disasters)
      • Guaranteed Conservation Loans (Implementing conservation practices)
      • Direct Youth Loans (for aspiring farmers ages 10 to 20 y/0)
    • The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Financial Cost Share and Technical Assistance
      • Energy Efficiency (Steam hoods, RO installation, etc.)
    • Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) (Cost Share)
      • Sugarbush (Forestry) Management Plans
      • Crop Insurance Programs
      • Tree Assistance Program (TAP)
        • Financial assistance to replant trees lost due to natural disasters
  • Energy Efficiency Improvement Incentive Programs
  • Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
    • Agriculture Marketing Loan Fund helps Maine agricultural businesses undertake projects to enhance the viability and vitality of the farm, and improve the manufacturing, marketability and production of their products.
    • Maine Farms for the Future Program is a competitive grant program that provides selected farms with business planning assistance and investment support.
    • Agricultural Development Grants provides cost-share grants to conduct market promotion, market research and development, value-added processing and new technology demonstration projects.
  • Tax Incentive Programs
  • Other Funding Sources

Links to external sites are provided purely for educational purposes. No responsibility is assumed for any content on the linked sites.

Sponsored by
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
NIFA logo