VAPG deadline announced

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development recently announced the application deadline for the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program. The deadline to apply for these grants is July 1, 2016 (paper application) and June 24, 2016 (electronic application).

VAPG may be used for feasibility studies, business plans or working capital for marketing value-added agricultural products. Incentives range from $75,000 for planning grants to $250,000 for working capital grants. 

Energy projects using wind, solar or anaerobic digester systems are eligible only if the renewable energy will be used on the farm to power another value-added activity; simple energy generation from these resources is not eligible. 

Producers seeking more information on the VAPG should contact their nearest Rural Development office. DFA Energy can also assist producers seeking more information about VAPG or other USDA renewable energy support programs at 816-801-6146 or by email at