The 2008 round of Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) is now underway. According to USDA Rural Development, a total of $18,400,000 will be awarded this
year. The VAPG program aims to help eligible farmers and ranchers (as an individual or as a group) develop and pursue
viable marketing opportunities. This year, the cap for planning grants is $100,000; and for working capital grants the cap is $300,000. Due date for
these grants is March 31, 2008.