Wednesday, February 24, 2016

USDA Seeks Project Proposals To Support Rural Businesses

USDA Rural Development has announced that Nebraska producers can benefit from the 2016 Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program.  VAPG awards competitive grants that facilitate the creation and development of value-added, famer-owned businesses.  The VAPG program will have additional funding compared to recent years, because of authorizations in the 2014 Farm Bill. 

The VAPG program contributes to business creation in rural areas, while also enhancing food choices for consumers.  Independent agricultural producers, farmer or rancher cooperatives, and producer controlled entities are eligible.  VAPG grants may be used for planning activities or working capital expenses related to producing or marketing a value-added product. 

Since the inception of the program, Nebraska’s USDA Rural Development has awarded 104 Value-Added Producer Grants totaling $11.8 million.  To discuss applicant and project eligibility or for more information on the VAPG program, please contact the following Business Program Specialists: Brant Richardson, or (402) 437-5568; or Daniel Janke, or (402) 371-5350 Extension 115.

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