Provided by USDA Rural Development

“Helping our nation’s agricultural producers remain strong, vibrant businesses is an important goal of USDA Rural Development’s Value-Added Producer Grant program.

The VAPG program is open to agricultural producers, producer groups and co-ops looking to generate new products, and create and expand marketing opportunities while increasing producer income and customer base.

VAPG funds can be used for either planning and working capital projects. Planning grants can pay a qualified (third-party) consultant for development of a feasibility study, or a marketing and business plan related to the processing and/or marketing of a value-added product. Working capital grants can pay eligible project expenses related to the processing and/or marketing of a value-added product.

USDA staff are hosting three webinars on the VAPG program to help you learn more and prepare to apply. Choose the one that best fits your schedule.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 10:00 am

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 10:00 am

Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 2:30 pm

To register for one of the sessions, please contact one of the following USDA Rural Development Specialists at least one day in advance.

Greg York (gregory.york@usda.govor 530-792-5805)

Robert Canepa (robert.canepa@usda.govor 707-832-5578)”

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