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Keeping the Value Added Producer Grant Program on Target

USDA’s Value Added Producer Grants Program (VAPG) provides competitive grants to help farmers and ranchers develop high-value, niche markets. With lots of rural and small town support, the Center for Rural affairs worked diligently to keep the program in the 2014 farm bill. But attention must be paid making program rules work as intended.

Happening Around the Center: Graduations and Welcomes

It's a spring tradition of ours to recognize graduations of staff and family members. With great fanfare, it's our pleasure to announce this year's honorees!

Auston Darnell, son of Tris and Brook Darnell, will graduate from Bancroft Rosalie High School on May 16, 2014. Auston will be heading to college in the fall. He’ll focus on business, football, and golf (hopefully in that order!).

New Generations Legacy

The Center for Rural Affairs is working on an exciting new project to help get more beginning farmers and ranchers on the land.

Managed by our Granary Foundation, the New Generations Legacy program will receive agricultural land from interested donors. The land will then be rented to qualified beginners. As beginners become established, they will have the option to buy the land. All beginners will be qualified based on financial need, reasonable acreage limitations, and an agreement to practice sustainable agricultural practices.

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