The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development is making up to $14 million for the Value Added Producer Grant program available for projects that help farmers and ranchers increase the value of their products. The grants, which are competitively awarded, are available for planning activities or for working capital expenses, but not for both. The maximum grant amount is $100,000 for planning grants and $300,000 for working capital grants. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities and increasing producer income are the goals of the VAPG program.
Businesses of all sizes are encouraged to apply. Grants are available for projects up to 36 months in duration.
Additional information is available at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-15/pdf/2012-20082.pdf.