Value Added Producer Grant Webinar

Applications for 1st round in 2021 due March 16, 2021

 Program website: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/value-added-producer-grants

Right:  view the archived webinar with Karen Kuhns, USDA Rural Development

Area Specialist and the program coordinator for Pennsylvania for the

Value Added Grant Program.

Links mentioned in the webinar:

Examples of successful VAPG projects: https://www.agmrc.org/

 

National Sustainable Ag Coalition: Simplified info on VAPG

 https://sustainableagriculture.net/publications/grassrootsguide/local-food-systems-rural-development/value-added-producer-grants/

Downloads: Planning grant toolkit   Working Capital toolkit

 

  • "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.

  • There is a 50% match required; some of this may be in products you grow/raise, and some in your labor.

 

For questions specific to your VAPG project application, contact Karen Kuhns, Area Specialist at (724) 261-3893, or e-mail Karen.Kuhns@usda.gov . Contact your local Rural Development business program specialist listed on the map during the webiarn.

 

Learn more on the Federal Register page.

Thank you to the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement and Rural Development.

VAPG webinar 10 Feb 2021

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