News Release
Release No.STELPRD4017989
ContactKelly Clark775-887-1222 x130
(AUGUST 15, 2012) USDA ANNOUNCES $14 MILLION AVAILABLE FOR VALUE-ADDED PRODUCER GRANTS
Carson City, NV., Aug 06, 2012 --

@@USDA Announces $14 Million Available for Value-Added Producer Grants

Application Deadline October 15, 2012

(CARSON CITY –Aug.15, 2012) Agricultural producers who want to generate new products from existing commodities or create and expand marketing opportunities might be interested in the grant funding available from USDA through the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program.

Approximately $14 million in competitive grant funds for FY 2012 is available to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities. For instance, a berry farmer could use the VAPG funds for processing and marketing jam, or a tomato farmer could use the grant funds to develop a marketing campaign for a new salsa.

Awards may be made for either economic planning or working capital activities related to the processing and/or marketing of valued-added agricultural products. The maximum grant amount for a planning grant is $100,000 and the maximum grant amount for a working capital grant is $300,000. Beginning farmers or ranchers, socially-disadvantaged farmers or ranchers, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer or rancher cooperative, or a mid-tier value chain will have priority scoring for the funds as defined in the program regulation. There is a matching funds requirement of at least $1 for every $1 in grant funds provided by the agency. Matching funds must be available at the time of application and may be in the form of cash or eligible in-kind contributions.

Application materials are available at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_VAPG.html.

If you want to submit an electronic application, follow the instructions for the VAPG funding announcement on http://www.grants.gov. If you want to submit a paper application, send it to the Nevada State Office at 1390 South Curry Street, Carson City, NV 89703-5146, (775) 887-1222/TDD 7-1-1. Applications must be received by October 15, 2012.

For more information contact the USDA Rural Development State Office, Michelle Kelly, at (775) 887-1222, Ext. 118.