|7 MINNESOTA PRODUCERS AND RURAL SMALL BUSINESSES SELECTED TO RECEIVE VALUE-ADDED PRODUCER GRANTS|
|ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb 03, 2012
@@USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer today announced that seven agricultural producers and rural small businesses in Minnesota were selected to receive over $1.6 million in Value-Added Producer Grants.
“These projects create jobs and growth opportunities for local producers and small rural businesses,” Landkamer said. “Providing local farmers and entrepreneurs with access to capital, technical assistance and new markets carries out President Obama’s vision for rural job creation and building sustainable rural communities.”
Minnesota projects are located in Kerkhoven, Clearbrook, Ashby, New Prague, Pierz, Alexandria and Duluth. Nationally, 298 projects totaling more than $40 million were announced.
Minnesota projects include:
Pastures A Plenty (Kerkhoven)
Clearbrook Elevator Association (Clearbrook)
TFC Poultry (Ashby)
Cedar Summit Dairy (New Prague)
Smude Enterprises (Pierz)
American Ag Energy of Minnesota (Alexandria)
Duluth Market Gardeners and Berry Association (Duluth)
Value-Added Producer Grants may be used for feasibility studies, business plans, working capital for valued-added agricultural products and farm-based renewable energy projects. Eligible applicants include independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives, agricultural producer groups and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures. Value-added products are created when a producer increases the consumer value of an agricultural commodity in the production or processing stage.
In addition to valued-added agricultural projects, Rural Development invests in housing, infrastructure, businesses, community facilities and renewable energy in rural areas. To learn more about Rural Development programs, visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/mn.