New Agricultural Grants Available in Mass.

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) is accepting applications for a grant program to help farmers improve water quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conserve water and energy.

The grant application deadline for eligible farmers, growers or aquaculturists is June 30. These grants are reimbursement payments with a maximum value of $30,000 per eligible project, and are funded through the $1.7 billion Energy and Environment Bond Bill.

Known as the Agricultural Environmental Enhancement Program, the DAR initiative has provided more than $3 million in grants to support 288 projects statewide since it was established in 1999. Projects are selected based upon their potential to protect the most sensitive resources, including drinking water, wetlands and environmental priority water bodies such as reservoirs. Projects are also evaluated on their demonstration of increased efficiencies for water and energy conservation and for reducing energy-related pollution emissions.

For more information on the grant program, visit www.mass.gov/agr/programs/aeep.

Red Wing Software Celebrating 30th Anniversary

Red Wing Software, Inc., a developer of payroll and accounting software, is celebrating 30 years. Since entering the agriculture accounting software market in 1979, Red Wing Software has evolved into a multifaceted company serving a wide variety of business types, including farming operations, retail stores, manufacturing facilities, municipalities and more.

For more information, visit www.redwingsoftware.com, contact Red Wing Software at 800-732-9464 or e-mail info@redwingsoftware.com.

Bobcat and Polaris Announce Strategic Alliance

Bobcat Co. and Polaris Industries, Inc. announced a long-term strategic alliance, which will include co-development of work vehicles, supply of highly differentiated work vehicles and technology sharing, with a planned launch by the second half of 2010.

Polaris will manufacture and sell highly differentiated work vehicles to Bobcat for sale through its dealer network.

Dramm Introduces Mraz

Dramm Corp. welcomes Dean Mraz to the team as the new commercial customer service representative. Mraz will answer questions regarding Dramm’s line of chemical application systems, environmental control systems, irrigation systems and watering tools.

Mraz has over 30 years’ experience in the field. Graduating from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, Mraz majored in broad area agriculture, with an emphasis in horticulture and agronomy and a minor in plant science.