October 19 is Nebraska Value-Added Agriculture Grants Application Deadline

Release Date: 

09/24/2007

Contact(s): 

Mike Heavrin, mikeh@cfra.org Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1008
Lyons, Nebraska – Recently the Nebraska Department of Economic Development announced that October 19 is the deadline for submitting applications for the next round of grants available through the Agricultural Innovation and Value Added Act (VAA). $850,000 is available with a maximum grant request of $75,000.
The grants are for Nebraskans and designed to support collaborative development among farmers and ranchers; the start-up and growth of value-added agricultural enterprises; and growth of rural communities and regions.

“Any producer needing planning or working capital funds to move their value-added ideas forward should check out the State of Nebraska Agricultural Opportunities And Value-Added Partnership Act grant,” commented Mike Heavrin, Program Cooperative Development Manager at the Center for Rural Affairs. “Individuals interested in applying for a grant should not hesitate as the deadline of October 19 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. 

In 2006 the Center for Rural Affairs assisted the Livestock Marketing co-op in obtaining a state value added grant. The co-op received $11,500 to develop an animal identification system. Oakland’s Family Farmers and Ranchers Meats (FFARM) contributed matching funds. The cooperative consists of Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota cattle and hog producers. The co-op allows family farms to band together and sell to the natural food companies that like to buy in volume. This allows family farmers to compete with corporate farms.
 
The Center for Rural Affairs is one of the few organizations that assist the public in attaining these grants. Recently eight businesses or individuals from Nebraska received a Federal Value Added Producer Grant. Four of those recipients had assistance in writing their grants from the Center for Rural Affairs.
 
For more information on the State of Nebraska Agricultural Opportunities And Value-Added Partnership Act Grant and how to apply, visit: www.ruralnebraska.info .  Or contact Mike Heavrin, Program Cooperative Development Manager at the Center for Rural Affairs at (402) 687-2103 ext 1008, mikeh@cfra.org .

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