VAPG program helping fuel biofuel growth

SDA Rural Development’s Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program is helping to fund producer-owned businesses all across the nation, including biofuel projects. The table on the following pages lists biofuel-related grants issued the past two years.

VAPGs may be used for planning activities and for working capital for marketing value-added agricultural products and for farm-based renewable energy. Eligible applicants are independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives, agricultural producer groups and majority-controlled producer- based business ventures. The 2006 funding decisions were announced in September (after this publication went to press) for the 2006 award list, visit:

For more information about the program, contact your USDA Rural Development state office, or visit the above website.

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