May 16 Application Deadline for Value-Added Producer Grants

Release Date: 

04/17/2007

Contact(s): 

Mike Heavrin, mikeh@cfra.org (402) 687-2103 ext. 1008 or Kim Leval, kimleval@qwest.net (541) 687-1490
Lyons, Nebraska The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced yesterday that May 16, 2007 is the deadline to apply for Value Added Producer Grants.
USDA Rural Development is accepting competitive applications for $19.3 million in grants to develop value-added agriculture business ventures and alternative sources of renewable energy. Applications must be postmarked by May 16 if sent by mail or courier delivery service, and they must be received by May 16 if submitted through Grants.gov.

“Any producer needing planning or working capital funds to move their value-added ideas forward should check out the Value-Added Producer Grants program,” commented Mike Heavrin, Program Cooperative Development Manager at the Center for Rural Affairs. “Individuals interested in applying for a Value-Added Producer Grant should not hesitate as the deadline of May 16 is quickly approaching and the process can be extensive.” Anyone with question can call Mike at the Center for Rural Affairs, (402) 687-2103 ext. 1008.

The Value-Added Producer Grants Program awards grants to agricultural producers, businesses owned by a majority of agricultural producers, and organizations representing agricultural producers for business planning or working capital expenses associated with marketing a value-added agricultural product. Agricultural producers include farmers, ranchers, loggers, agricultural harvesters and fishermen that engage in the production or harvesting of an agricultural commodity.

The program was created to help producers expand their customer base for the products or commodities they produce. This results in a greater portion of revenues derived from the value-added activity being made available to the producer of the product.

“USDA’s Value Added Producer Grants help address economic decline and poverty in rural areas by helping farmers and ranchers access premium markets with new strategies like cooperative marketing of grassfed meats or processing of organic grains into specialty breads and pastas through grants for planning, marketing or feasibility studies or working capital,” commented Kim Leval, Senior Policy Analyst for the Center for Rural Affairs.

For more information on the Value-Added Producer Grants Program and how to apply, visit: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/coops/vadg.htm . Or contact Mike Heavrin, Program Cooperative Development Manager at the Center for Rural Affairs at (402) 687-2103 ext 1008, mikeh@cfra.org or Kim Leval, Senior Policy Analyst for the Center for Rural Affairs at (541) 687-1490, kimleval@qwest.net .

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