Approximately $30 million in funding is available to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities for FY 2015.
The grants help agricultural producers increase their income by expanding marketing opportunities, creating new products or developing new uses for existing products.
The maximum award per grant is $250,000 for working capital and $75,000 for planning. Planning grants can be used to facilitate economic planning activities to determine the viability of a value-added venture, and may include costs for an independent feasibility study and development of a marketing and business plan. Working capital grants are used for operational costs directly related to processing and/or marketing of the value-added product.
USDA Rural Development is funding an array of projects involving locally produced and marketed foods. These include cheese, wine, reduced-cholesterol dairy products, produce, packaged poultry, pork and beef products, and a variety of processed or prepared foods from locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Applications must be submitted by July 7, 2015 in order to be considered for funding.
For more information on VAPG contact (573) 876-9321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org