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Value-Added Producer Grant Program

The Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program provides planning grants of up to $100,000 and working capital grants of up to $300,000 to agricultural producers so they can enhance their raw products into marketable goods and biobased value-added products.

The program awards planning and working capital grants for the following:

• specialty meats
• fruits and vegetables
• dairy products
• forest products
• biobased products
• renewable energy projects

Eligible applicants include the following:

• independent producers
• agricultural producer groups
• farmer or rancher cooperatives
• majority-controlled producer-based business ventures

Beginning farmers or ranchers, a socially-disadvantaged farmers or ranchers, small or medium-sized farms or ranches structured as a family farm, farmers or ranchers cooperative may receive priority.

Visit this web site to find contact information for a Rural Development Office near you: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/StateOfficeAddresses.html.

Learn More: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_VAPG.html

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