The U.S. Department of Agriculture will soon announce the deadline to apply for the Value Added Producer Grants. Once the USDA sends out the Notice of Solicitation of Applications the turn around is only 30 days from the notice.
The Center for Rural Affairs suggests those interested in applying prepare ahead of the announcement by visiting www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/coops/vadg.htm and walking through the "Applicants" section to decide whether they meet the qualifications.
The Value-Added Producer Grant Program awards grants to agricultural producers, businesses owned by a majority of agricultural producers, and organizations representing agricultural producers for business planning or working capital expenses associated with marketing a value-added agricultural product. Agricultural producers include farmers, ranchers, loggers, agricultural harvesters and fishermen that engage in the production or harvesting of an agricultural commodity.
The program was created to help producers expand their customer base for the products or commodities that they produce. This results in a greater portion of the revenues derived from the value-added activity being made available to the producer of the product.