Value Added Producer Grant Workshop Feb. 3, Greensburg
Interested in new projects with farm-produced wine, cheese, fiber products?
Farm-to-school or marketing to restaurants?
Anaerobic digesters or other renewable energy projects?
Join us for a VAPG overview and to discuss with a program specialist whether your project may be eligible for funding.
Monday, February 3, 2020
Penn State Extension Conference Room at Donohoe Center, 214 Donohoe Road, Greensburg PA 15601.
With Karen Kuhns, USDA Rural Development Area Specialist and the program manager for Pennsylvania for the Value Added Grant Program.
"Value-added” methods of an agricultural commodity include: change in physical state, physical segregation, production to enhance value, locally produced or marketed food products, and farm or ranch-based renewable energy.
Project examples that may be eligible for this grant : food products such as wine, flour, cheese, jam; organic, grass-fed, buy local - buy fresh; community-based food enterprises, farm to institution, farm to food service; restaurant and value chain using a consumer seal; or renewable projects such as anerobic digesters.
Required 50% match provided by the applicant; up to 25% of the match may be an “in-kind” match, such as the cost of your labor or farm product value. For example, a producer planning to begin cheese production may factor in the value of the milk they produce on-farm to satisfy some of the match. Grant funds may not be used for repair, acquisition or construction of a building or facility or to purchase, rent or install fixed equipment.
Following the one-hour workshop, a limited number of time slots will be available for attendees for one-on-one consultations with Ms. Kuhns about their proposed projects.
Applications for the Value-Added Producer Grant program are due March 10th.
Register by clicking the "Register Now" button above or call 724.691-1087.
If interested in applying but unable to attend the workshop, contact Karen Kuhns, Area Specialist at (724) 261-3893, or e-mail to discuss your potential project.
This workshop is hosted by the PA Veteran Farming Project/Troops to Tractors with partners USDA Rural Development and the Westmoreland Conservation District.