USDA accepting VAPG applications

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development recently announced applications for the Value-Added Producer Grant program (VAPG) are now being accepted. The application deadline to apply for these grants is February 24. VAPG may be used for feasibility studies or business plans to develop on-farm processing facilities, or working capital for marketing value-added agricultural products, and renewable energy projects, including anaerobic digesters, wind or solar technologies. 

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

Producers seeking more information on the VAPG or other available programs should contact DFA Energy at 816-801-6146 or by email at geharper@dfamilk.com.