Time to Apply for a Value Added Producer Grant Is Now
For example a dairy farmer can add value to the milk his cows produce by processing and marketing his own products, such as cheeses, yogurt, butter, ice cream, and farm-bottled milk. Many consumers are willing to pay a premium for locally produced, high-quality, natural or organic farm-raised products.
These grants are popular and competitive, with demand far outstripping available funding.This is why the Center for Rural Affairs has worked tirelessly to keep this program funded and to strengthen it in the 2007 farm bill.
For more information on these grants and how to apply contact Mike Heavrin, firstname.lastname@example.org , at the Center for Rural Affairs, 402-687-2103 ext 1008, or visit: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/coops/vadg.htm.