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Time to Apply for a Value Added Producer Grant Is Now

The United States Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for almost $20 million in Value Added Producer Grants to develop value-added agricultural business ventures and renewable energy sources. May 16th is the deadline to apply for a Value-Added Producer Grant. Farmers, ranchers or groups of producers with an idea that would add value to products raised on their farms or ranches are eligible.

Dear Senator Nelson

The following letter was set to Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson by Center for Rural Affairs' Board Member Jim Knopik. Jim was kind enough to share the letter with us for publication here as well.

We Are Not Alone

While those of us working in Lyons spend pretty much all of our time thinking about the good old US of A, every once in a while we run across something that makes us realize, yet again, that the challenges facing rural America are often similar to the challenges facing rural areas in other countries as well. From the BBC:

Rural France Struggles to Survive

Hear Hear

For those interested, our pal Aimee Witteman has posted a well written and thoughtful essay on the farm bill at the Chef Ann blog. Here's the link-

http://www.chefann.com/blog/?p=652

Aimee works for the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, of which the Center for Rural Affairs is a member.

You can also read the essay on our blog. It is reprinted in full as the first comment on this post.

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