- Competitive grants program
- Administered by the Rural Business Cooperative Service at USDA
- Helps producers move into value-added agricultural enterprises
- Assistance to farmers and ranchers in planning and capital investment for value adding enterprises
- Information about federal grant programs available to farmers and ranchers
- Templates for writing federal Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG).
Other High Value Markets
Growing Markets - Information on how to tap your community’s market potential
Beginning in Organic Farming - Tools to reach a unique high value market
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) - Programs to help advance farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities. Competitive grants program providing grants to researchers, agricultural educators, farmers and ranchers, and students
Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Organic Initiative - Provides financial assistance to farmers and ranchers who are transitioning to organic systems and those already conducting organic practices and want to add acres and/or livestock.
Marketing and Business Management
The Agriculture Marketing Resource Center - Broad range of information on value-added, direct marketing initiatives
Links to Innovation Centers around the country at the state level
Marketing, Business and Risk Management - ATTRA's guide on organics, value added processing, cooperatives and more
University of Missouri Agricultural Electronic Bulletin Board (AgEBB) - General information and instruction about grants, legal guides, how to start a cooperative, how to write bylaws and articles of incorporation, exempt vs. non-exempt cooperatives, new generation cooperatives, patronage, etc
Nebraska Cooperative Development Center - Provides education, training, and technical assistance to cooperatively owned businesses; many resources available on website
USDA's "Know Your Farmer" Program - Primer on direct marketing, government programs and resources, success stories and more.
USDA Rural Development - Information about current programs available to individual producers, cooperatives and producer groups; funding opportunities and grants
Conservation and Local Food