The USDA Rural Business-Cooperative
Service is inviting applications for the Value-Added Producer Grant
Program (VAPG). VAPG is a competitive grants program administered
by USDA's Rural Business Cooperative Service that makes funds available
to help producers enter into value-added activities. The program
is administered through State USDA Rural Development offices.
Individual producers, cooperatives, farm alliances and majority-controlled
producer-based business ventures are encouraged to apply. Grants
are awarded for both the marketing and processing of an agricultural
product. Hard-won language was adopted in the 2002 farm
bill to qualify how an item is grown or raised (e.g. grass-fed,
free range, organic, etc.) as value-added.
Grants may be used to:
- develop business plans and feasibility studies (including marketing
plans or other planning activities) needed to establish viable
marketing opportunities for value added products; or
- for acquiring working capital to operate a value-added business
venture or an alliance.
Applications are due by 4:00 pm on Monday, October 20,
2003, and electronic submission of proposals is strongly
encouraged. Click for the
Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA)
Note: This NOFA is identical to last year's, so applicants should
contact their state USDA Rural Development director's office for
information. The list of contacts is in the NOFA.
For more information and contacts about the Value-Added Producer
Grants Program, go to: http://www.sustainableagriculture.net/Value_Added.php
For a list of 2002 VAPG grant awards go to http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rd/newsroom/2002/value_ad.htm