USDA accepting value-added producer grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that it was accepting applications for the Value-Added Producer Grant Program (VAPGP). The deadline to apply for these grants is October 15. VAPGP may be used for feasibility studies or business plans to develop on-farm processing, or working capital for marketing value-added agricultural products, and renewable energy projects, including anaerobic digesters, wind or solar technologies.

“Producers can greatly enhance the bottom line of their businesses and improve their economic prospects when they improve the value of their products, thus expanding their markets and customer base,” USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says. “The Value-Added Producer Grant Program has a proven track record of doing just that, and I am pleased to announce that we are inviting producers to apply for these grants by the deadline. The funds in this program enable America’s farmers, ranchers and rural business owners to find ways to expand their product offerings, revenue streams and create more economic opportunity by bringing additional value to what they already produce.”

Producers seeking more information about VAPGP or other available programs should contact George Harper with DFA Energy at 816-801-6146 or email geharper@dfamilk.com. Members may also visit dfaenergy.com for more information, useful tools and news about available funds.