Value- Added Producer Grant Program Deadline Nears

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.

SARE's 20th Anniversary New American Farm Conference

Coming March 25-27, 2008, at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, MO, SARE’s 20th Anniversary New American Farm conference will feature 20 years of groundbreaking SARE-funded research, experience, and innovations in sustainable agriculture.

Winds of Life Statewide Art Auction

The public is invited to the Minden Opera House in Minden, NE on Saturday evening, March 29, 2008 for a live and silent art auction. After a 2007 full of communities and artists creating pieces and events worth touring, the Center for Rural Affairs' Winds of Life project is hosting an auction of some of these items, especially outdoor windmill sculptures.

Annual Report - Message from the Executive Director

The sun rises and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises. - Ecclesiastes 1:5

The Center for Rural Affairs is helping give rise to a new day in the communities of rural America. We don’t work alone. The Center is part of rural America, and rural people are essential partners in our work. Our role is to provide vision for the future, to lead with persistence in the face of challenges that dim the hope of the fainthearted.

Our vision looks to the future as it draws on our past. Farms, businesses, and communities must change to thrive. But our values must remain constant. They are the unchanging markers that guide us in shaping a future that serves the common good.


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