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Vineyard Expansion Assistance Program open to Ohio vineyards – Ohio Ag Net

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The 2022 Vineyard Extension Assistance Program (VEAP) application period reopens on new and existing Ohio vineyards to replace non-bearing vines or to grow new vines. VEAP allows wineries/vineyards to invest in growing high-quality, high-value grapes on site rather than buying them from other states. VEAP is a motivational program created and funded by the Ohio Grape Industries Commission (OGIC).

Because there are few grapes produced in Ohio, many wineries, farmers markets, and retailers are forced to purchase grapes from several different varieties from other states to meet production needs. VEAP is designed to provide a more stable source of high-quality, high-value grapes grown in Ohio. In addition, the program will allow more Ohio wines to qualify for the Ohio Quality Wine (OQW) program and increase consumer awareness of Ohio’s flagship wines made with Ohio-grown grapes.

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The VEAP funding will cover the cost of growing the vineyards. Each farmer may apply for up to $1,500 per half acre for a maximum of three acres, or $9,000. Only farmers in Ohio can apply for assistance and planting must take place in the spring of 2023. All applications must be completed and received by the OGIC by Friday, November 4, 2022. For a copy of the application, please contact Christy Eckstein at [email protected] .ohio.gov.

Ohio is the sixth largest wine producer in the country, with approximately 1,200 acres of vineyards producing and selling 1.2 million gallons, or 500,000 boxes, of wine annually. There are currently 370 licensed wineries throughout the state, providing more than 8,000 full-time jobs for Ohioans. VEAP is managed by the OGIC, which was founded in 1981 and operated in part through the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

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