HILO, Hawaii, Dec 04, 2013 -- USDA Rural Development announced they are currently accepting applications for the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program. The VAPG program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based value-added products. As well it helps expand markets and increase financial returns to agricultural producers.
An independent producer, farmer or rancher cooperative, agricultural producer group or majority-controlled producer-based business are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants may apply for a planning or working capital grant. The maximum grant per application is $75,000 and $200,000, respectively. Completed applications must be received by February 24, 2014.
For further details about eligibility rules and application procedures, see the notice published on page 70260 of the November 25, 2013 Federal Register or http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-25/pdf/2013-28175.pdf. Additional information may also be found online at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_VAPG.html.
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