Syracuse, NY, Feb 03, 2012 -- Today, USDA Rural Development New York State Director Jill Harvey announced seven projects in the Capital Region and Long Island that have received funding through Rural Development’s Value Added Producer Grant Program (VAPG). Value-added products are created when a producer increases the consumer value of an agricultural commodity in the production or processing stage. This announcement is part of twenty-one projects funded throughout the state, totaling nearly $2 million.
The following is a listing of projects funded in the Capital Region & Long Island New York;
Edgwick Farm $120,000
Catskill Dudukju LLC $49,000
King Brothers Dairy $49,500
Dagele Brothers Produce; Christopher Dagele $79,425
Food Gems, LTD $35,004
Maple Shade Farm $49,750
Martin Sidor Farms, Inc. $49,990
The funded projects will create jobs for agricultural producers, businesses and families. The grants act as a catalyst for business development and entrepreneurship by providing access to capital and technical assistance.
Edgwick Farm will use funds to promote and expand sales of artisanal goat cheese products throughout the Hudson Valley. King Brothers Dairy will use the grant to assist their milk bottling and home delivery service, which features glass bottles. Funds will help expand the service to retail outlets. Food Gems will use their organically grown produce to produce and market baked goods, pickled vegetables, salads, and sauces.
“By creating value-added products, farmers can expand economic opportunities, create jobs and keep wealth in rural communities,” Jill Harvey said. “These projects will promote business expansion and entrepreneurship by helping local businesses get access to capital, technical assistance and new markets for their products and services.”
USDA Rural Development's mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As a venture capital entity, Rural Development provides equity and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available by visiting Rural Development’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ny.