The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has released a released a Farmers’ Guide to Value-Added Producer Grant Funding.
This guide is being released on the heels of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement of $14 million in available funds for fiscal year 2012 for Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG). Applications for the competitive grants program are due at USDA State Rural Development offices by October 15, 2012.
VAPG awards funding to producers to help them develop farm-related businesses that add value to basic agricultural products through processing, product differentiation, commodity segregation, on-farm energy production, labeling and certification, and local and regional food marketing.
Michigan producers were awarded nearly $4 Million dollars in Value Added Producer Grants in 2012!