USDA Announced Value Added Producer Grants (VAPG)

The VAPG program helps agricultural producers enter into value added activities related to the processing and marketing of bio-based, value-added products. Independent producers, agricultural producer groups, farmer- or rancher-cooperatives and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures are eligible to apply for the program. Beginning farmer or rancher, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as family farm receive priority. The total program funding is $44 million, 50% matching funds are required. Grant and matching funds can be used for planning activities or for working capital expenses related to producing and marketing a value-added agricultural produce. Application deadline is July 1, 2016 (paper application) and June 24, 2016 (electronic application). More information about the grants can be found at http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/value-added-producer-grants.

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