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Value-Added Producer Grant Program

Helps producers (farmers) expand their customer base for the products or commodities that they produce.  This results in a greater portion of the revenues derived from the value-added activity being made available to the producer of the product.

Eligibility:

  • Eligible applicants include independent producers, farmer or rancher cooperatives, agriculture producer groups, and majority-controlled producer based business ventures.

 

Terms and Conditions:

  • Four distinct activities are considered value-added:  a change in the physical state or form of the product (such as milling wheat into flour); the production or marketing of a product in a manner that enhances its value, as demonstrated through a business plan (such as organic production); the physical segregation of an agricultural commodity or product in a manner that results in the enhancement of the value of that commodity or product (such as an identity preserved marketing system); the term value-added also includes using any agricultural product or commodity to produce renewable energy on a farm or ranch (an example is collecting and converting methane from animal waste to energy).

 

  • Grant funds may be used for planning or working capital.

 

  • The maximum amount for a planning grant is $100,000 and for a working capital grant $300,000.  Smaller grant requests receive priority points.

 

  • Each dollar of grant funds require a minimum match of one dollar in non-federal funds (in-kind contributions are allowed).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last Modified:03/20/2014 
 
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