2002 Value-Added Agricultural
Development Grant Selections
Alaska - $96,223
United Salmon Association, Kodiak, Alaska
Purpose: Conduct feasibility study and create business and marketing plan.
Alaska Farm Bureau - Matsu Chapter, Palmer, Alaska
Purpose: Identify the size of potential Alaskan market for value-added
frozen processed vegetables and potatoes.
Kake Tribal Corporation, Kake, Alaska
Purpose: Conduct feasibility analysis to determine economic viability and
sustainability of producing organic compost from seafood by-products and
Arizona - $271,100
Charles Feenstra Diary, LLC, Mesa, Ariz.
Purpose: To complete a feasibility study for the development of an ethanol and
Distillers grain plant in Arizona that would benefit 114 livestock producers.
Arizona Pistachio Association, Tucson, Ariz.
Purpose: Conduct feasibility study and prepare business plan in order to
develop a processing facility and direct marketing strategy for
Arizonas Pistachio production.
Desert Wheat Growers, Maricopa, Ariz.
Purpose: To complete feasibility study and business plan for developing a
processing facility and direct marketing strategy for premium alfalfa grown in
Arkansas - $130,000
Bottomland Naturals, Inc., Newport, Ark.
Purpose: To provide working capital to start the production of three new birdhouses to be sold through Walmart.
California - $2,732,032
Producers Choice, Woodland, Calif.
Purpose: To study the potential of opening new geographic markets for seed.
Salman Farms, Inc., Courtland, Calif.
Purpose: To develop business plan to create to a new profitable venue for the
grapes it produces.
Golden State Grain Growers Cooperative, Riverdale, Calif.
Purpose: To conduct feasibility study for par-baked artisan bread business.
California Wild Rice Growers Association, Falls River Mills, Calif.
Purpose: As working capital to develop, package, evaluate and market soy-
enhanced line of wild rice snack chips.
California Dairies, Inc., Artesia, Calif.
Purpose: To conduct feasibility study and market survey on converting a
recovered milk product from CDIs butter/powder processing facility into
value-added animal feed.
Diamond Walnut Growers, Stockton, Calif.
Purpose: For working capital for introduction of Diamond Glaze Walnuts
into snack category in domestic retail outlets.
Sunsweet Growers, Inc., Yuba City, Calif.
Purpose: To conduct feasibility studies and analyze market potential for
prune plum-based juice formulations.
Farmers Rice Cooperative, Inc., Sacramento, Calif.
Purpose: To introduce a unique rice product to consumer markets using
individually quick frozen food processing.
Sierra Nevada Beff Steering Committee, Auburn, Calif.
Purpose: To conduct beef feasibility study and business plan to evaluate
local and regional markets, develop business ownership model, marketing
techniques, and seek partnerships with existing processors and distributors.
Pacific Coast Producers, Lodi, Calif.
Purpose: For working capital for production and marketing of private
label fruit bowls to U.S. retailers.
Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc., Hilmar, Calif.
Purpose: To conduct feasibility study of modifying and expanding its
edible grade lactose process to manufactured specialized pharmaceutical
grades of lactose for sale into worldwide markets.
DFA of California, Sacramento, Calif.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility and marketing study and to prepare a business
and marketing plan for dicing and glacing California dried fruits for export to
Mexico and Latin America.
Colorado - $1,231,796
National Bison Association, Denver, Colo.
Purpose: To implement a producer-based program to market specific quality
attributes of source verified American Buffalo.
Colorado Gourmet Potatoes, LLC, Saguache, Colo.
Purpose: To measure the feasibility of shipping semi-processed chipping
potatoes to Mexico.
Kiowa County Growers, Inc., Eads, Colo.
Purpose: For working capital to help start-up a venture to produce base oil
stocks and manufactured products.
American Gelbvieh Association, Westminster, Colo.
Purpose: For a program that accurately identifies SmartCross calves, and
establishing a positive reputation for Gelbvieh and Blancher sired feeder calves.
Olathe Patato Growers Cooperative, Olathe, Colo.
Purpose: To evaluate the viability of the co-existence of an ethanol plant and
commercial feedlot operation in Western Colorado.
Colorado Homestead Ranches, Paonia, Colo.
Purpose: To explore market for ready-to-eat beef entrees.
Mountain View Harvest Cooperative, Longmont, Colo.
Purpose: To develop a marketing program for new products recently developed.
Fruita Consumers Cooperative, Fruita, Colo.
Purpose: To determine whether or not a soy food processing business would
be a profitable, value-added enterprise for the producers of the Fruita area.
Connecticut - $12,500
Burton H. Griffin, West Suffield, Ct.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study, business plan and market research to
determine the viability of an agri-tourism venture at Beaver Brook Farm.
Delaware - $425,000
Just Shrimp, Inc., Lewes, Del.
Purpose: To purchase office equipment, supplies, inventory and other working
capital needs for the venture.
Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., Wilmington, Del.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study to determine the best methods for selling
the companys white cranberry juice in the United Kingdom.
Florida - $147,660
James and Brenda Gibbons and Connie Munzing, Fort Pierce, Fla.
Purpose: To expand the marketing of their certified organic products.
Alligator Trading Company, Inc., Dade City, Fla.
Purpose: To find new markets for finished products made from alligator hides.
Georgia - $315,350
Concordia, LLC, Ashburn, Ga.
Purpose: To determine feasibility of collectively marketing peanuts by cleaning,
grading, and segregating the peanuts according to variety and grade.
Farmers Oilseed Cooperative, Inc., Tifton, Ga.
Purpose: To develop a detailed business and marketing plan for the oilseeds
processed in their crushing/refining facility.
Jacob W. Paulk Farms, Inc., Wray, Ga.
Purpose: To establish a working capital account to fund the development of
processes to enhance the value of muscadines into anti-oxidant powders and a
health good-tasting juice.
Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Pecans, Atlanta, Ga.
Purpose: To conduct marketing research to determine feasibility of establishing
a branded Georgia Grown pecan.
Hawaii - $338,195
Hawaii Gold Cacao Tree, Inc., Hilo, Hawaii
Purpose: To develop a marketing plan to guide and launch Hawaii grown cacao
and manufactured chocolate into the global marketplace.
Kilauea Agronomics, LLC, Kilauea, Hawaii
Purpose: To support the marketing efforts of fortified guava based juice products
for institutional use.
TLS Corp., Waimanalo, Hawaii
Purpose: To complete a feasibility study and marketing and business plan for
Southeast Asian herbs and vegetables.
Idaho - $838,835
Salmon Creek Farms Marketing, Twin Falls, Idaho
Purpose: For marketing of natural pork products.
Merrills Egg Farm, Emmett, Idaho
Purpose: To study the feasibility of converting poultry waste into energy and
creating carbon by-products.
Treasure Valley Renewable Resources, Weiser, Idaho
Purpose: A planning grant to develop a 15-million gallon producer owned
ethanol fuel production facility.
Illinois - $1,244,650
Shawnee Winery Cooperative, Inc., Vienna, Ill.
Purpose: To allow grape growers to establish a secure market and capture
the advantages of centralized marketing, processing, bottling and retail wine sales.
Illinois Branded Beef, LLC, Scales Mound, Ill.
Purpose: To market high quality branded beef products to quality conscience
Chicago consumers through a closed marketing alliance with independent grocers.
Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Bloomington, Ill.
Purpose: To conduct a market study and update a business plan for the producers
two corn value-added co-products: oil and zein.
Ag Guild of Illinois, Minier, Ill.
Purpose: To develop a grain segregation program for AGI members.
Midwest Prairie Products, LLC, Walnut, Ill.
Purpose: To determine feasibility and business model for establishing a flexible
soybean processing plant in North Central Illinois.
Meadowbrook Farms Cooperative, Belleville, Ill.
Purpose: To develop and implement an Identity Preservation and Carcuss
LincolnLand Agri-Energy, Robinson, Ill.
Purpose: To help construct and operate a producer owned 40-million gallon per year
ethanol production facility.
Indiana - $68,500
Winzerwald Winery, LLC, Bristow, Ind.
Purpose: For working capital to pay salaries, utilities, inventory and supplies to
establish a winery in Southern Indiana.
Greencastle/Putnam County, Greencastle, Ind.
Purpose: To develop a business plan for establishing a corn
bio-energy/ bio-refinery in Putnam County, Indiana.
Iowa - $5,609,680
Greene Bean Project, Cooper, Iowa
Purpose: To explore the feasibility of marketing edible beans and developing a
business plan on how the operation will operate.
North Central Cooperative, Clarion, Iowa
Purpose: To explore feasibility of expanding their value-added activity of
cleaning of egg laying facilities and the re-use/recycling of the chicken litter
gathered in the process.
World Food Processing, Inc., Oskaloosa, Iowa
Purpose: For working capital to assist in the expansion of their production and
marketing of new, high quality, non-GMO food grade soybeans into three markets
previously untapped by WFP.
Iowa Quality Beef Supply Cooperative, Ames, Iowa
Purpose: For working capital to assist in the equity development, start-up and
operation of a beef processing facility in Tama, Iowa.
Big River Resources Cooperative, Mediapolis, Iowa
Purpose: For working capital to assist in the start-up of a 40-million gallon ethanol
Practical Farmers of Iowa, Ames, Iowa
Purpose: To complete a feasibility study on the development of a cooperative
business that will develop an integrated supply chain to provide food service markets
with premium pork products.
Power Plus Technologies, Ruthven, Iowa
Purpose: For working capital to assist in the start-up and operation of a soy
Ag Ventures Alliance Cooperative, Mason City, Iowa
Purpose: To study the feasibility of an aquaculture business venture that will
add value to the grain produced by its farmer-owners.
Delaware County Meats, Dyersville, Iowa
Purpose: For planning to produce, process and market value-added Heat and
Serve pork products on a regional scale.
Central Iowa Soy Producers, Jefferson, Iowa
Purpose: To explore the feasibility of creating a soy processing facility in
Wholesome Harvest, LLC, Colo, Iowa
Purpose: To assist the group in marketing pasture based organic meat on
a national level.
Quad County Corn Processors, Galva, Iowa
Purpose: For working capital to assist in the marketing of a new product developed
from a co-product of the ethanol process.
Eden Farms, State Center, Iowa
Purpose: To assist with legal advise and develop a business plan, feasibility study,
and source verification plan.
American Natural Soy Processors, LLC, Cherokee, Iowa
Purpose: For working capital to assist in the start-up and operation of an organic
soy processing facility in Cherokee, Iowa.
Galva Holstein Ag, LLC, Holstein, Iowa
Purpose: To determine feasibility of using dried distillers grain as the basis
for an environmentally friendly fertilizer. Dried distillers grain is a by-product
created in the process of making ethanol.
Iowa Cooperative, Ford Dodge, Iowa
Purpose: For planning purposes to carry out a series of activities intended to
resolve issues associated with the production of recombinant proteins for human
medical and industrial chemical application in agriculture crops.
Iowa Pork Producers Association, Clive, Iowa
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study of exporting and marketing pork stomachs
in Mainland China.
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, West Des Moines, Iowa
Purpose: To assist in the planning and development of the marketing of
eleven farmer-owned ethanol plants either in production or under construction.
Soymaize Farms, LLC, Waterloo, Iowa
Purpose: For working capital for the operation of a soy processing and soy-
grease manufacturing venture.
Iowa Quality Agriculture Guild, LLC, Winfield, Iowa
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study and develop a business plan for an
ISO accountability system.
Iowa Corn Promotion Board, Johnston, Iowa
Purpose: To conduct a market study for expanding exports of value-enhanced
corn and co-products to the emerging markets in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Golden Grain Energy, LLC, New Hampton, Iowa
Purpose: To assist the venture in studying the feasibility of entering the emerging
Little Souix Corn Processors, Marcus, Iowa
Purpose: For working capital to assist in the start-up of a 40-million gallon
Summit Grove Winery Cooperative, Stuart, Iowa
Purpose: To explore the feasibility of owning a cooperative winery that will be
wholly owned by the cooperatives independent grape producers.
Jewell Enterprise Incorporated, Decorah, Iowa
Purpose: To explore the feasibility of marketing organic beef.
SOYLINK, Oskaloosa, Iowa
Purpose: For working capital that will allow the soy powder enterprise
to enter the food industry.
Midwest Pride Systems, LLC, Hubbard, Iowa
Purpose: For working capital to assist in the expansion and operation of their
pork marketing company.
Quality Organic Producers Cooperative, Decorah, Iowa
Purpose: For working capital to market four unique soy beverages.
Iowa Soybean Promotion Board, Urbandale, Iowa
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study for using soybean oil as a base fuel
to produce renewable energy.
Kansas - $2,051,105
21st Century Grain Processing, Manhattan, Kan.
Purpose: For working capital to expand flour milling at their Texas facility into
hard white wheat and expand their market for flour and food grade corn through
their new distribution center in California.
Padonia Grain Farmers, Inc., Reserve, Kan.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study and develop a business plan for segregating
and marketing high protein corn in domestic feed markets.
Cooperative Agricultural Services, Inc., Grinnell, Kan.
Purpose: For working capital for operation of soybean crushing facility.
Jewell County Sunflower Processing, Randall, Kan.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study for a sunflower processing plant, and if
appropriate, a business plan.
Western Plains Energy, LLC, Quinter, Kan.
Purpose: To finance start-up cost for 30-million ethanol plan near Oakley, Kansas.
American White Wheat Producers Association, Atchison, Kans.
Purpose: For a feasibility study and business plan development for processing
hard white wheat into heavy bran for use in breakfast cereals and specialty breads.
East Kansas Agri-Energy, LLC, Garnett, Kan
Purpose: To finance start-up expenses of a 20-million ethanol plant
near Garnett, Kan.
Kentucky - $597,922
Partners for Family Farms, Lexington, Ky.
Purpose: To add-value through on-farm processing of poultry, aquaculture and
other alternative livestock species.
Kentucky Heritage Meats, Springfield, Ky.
Purpose: To start a value-added livestock marketing venture.
Cumberland Farm Products Association, Inc., Monticello, Ky.
Purpose: To conduct feasibility study on adding value to cabbage, tomatoes
and bell peppers.
Kentucky West Nursery Cooperative, Murray, Ky.
Purpose: For working capital to pay salaries, utilities and marketing costs in
order to enter into the wholesale nursery business.
Maine - $108,000
Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society, Orono, Maine
Purpose: For working capital for the operational costs of linking central Maine
institutions with local agricultural producers to tap the emerging market for locally
grown, organic and conventional foods.
Maryland - $759,930
Howard County Growers, LLP, Glenelg, Md.
Purpose: To expand their marketing and advertising efforts, hire a project
administrator and accountant and pay other operating expenses for their weekly
packaging and delivery of locally grown produce.
Chesapeake Fields Farmers, Chestertown, Md.
Purpose: To complete a feasibility study and business plan for a value-added
venture to process small grains and eventually operate a bakery.
Heartland Fields-East, LLC, Stevensville, Md.
Purpose: To expand retail marketing efforts throughout the United States and
overseas, further develop service markets, branch out to Private Label and
expand soy based food product line.
Massachusetts - $1,110,000
Pioneer Valley Milk Marketing, Bernardston, Mass.
Purpose: To conduct market study and operational business plan for an expansion
of Our Family Farms dairy products and sales.
National Grape Cooperative Association, Concord, Mass.
Purpose: To launch a new and unique fruit based and granola breakfast product.
United Cooperative Farmers, Inc., Fitchburg, Mass.
Purpose: To convert the Guilderland, N.Y. feed milling plant into a state-of-the-art,
bio-secure, segmented livestock feed manufacturing plant.
New England Livestock Alliance, Hardwick, Mass.
Purpose: To support marketing of a new meat product that is produced with
solar energy rather than petroleum products.
Decas Cranberry Products, Inc., Wareham, Mass.
Purpose: To develop new uses for cranberry byproducts.
United Cooperative Farmers, Inc., Fitchburg, Mass.
Purpose: To complete a feasibility study and marketing and business plan to
create a new, fully traceable, dedicated organic feed manufacturing venture.
Michigan - $1,263,033
Bahrmans Blue Ribbon Dairy, Gwinn, Mich.
Purpose: To create a value-added dairy processing center which includes
high quality fluid milk, cheeses, butter and ice cream.
Great Lakes Organic Processors, Carson City, Mich.
Purpose: To study feasibility of marketing a variety of Michigan organic products.
Midwest Nut Producers Council, Owosso, Mich.
Purpose: To assess the feasibility of marketing products produced from small
and broken peeled chestnuts.
Uncle Johns Cider Mill, Inc., St. Johns, Mich.
Purpose: To begin operations of a fermentation process for apples.
Hart Freeze Pack, Hart, Mich.
Purpose: For working capital to support their quick frozen onion operations.
Michigan Apple Committee, DeWitt, Mich.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study on fermented and distilled apple beverages.
Thumb Oilseed Producers Cooperative, Ubly, Mich.
Purpose: To develop a non-GMO soy flour enterprise.
21st Century Alliance of Michigan, Ubly, Mich.
Purpose: To develop a marketing and business plan for raising capital to create
a integrated supply chain that would allow producers to maintain ownership from the
field to the retail shelf.
Big North Specialty Foods, Honor, Mich.
Purpose: To develop a business plan for the distribution of value-added products
to a larger scale network. Products include organic wild fruit, mushrooms and leeks,
buffalo meats, specialty fish products and maple syrup.
Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association, Lake Leelanau, Mich.
Purpose: For working capital for professional services, marketing management,
advertising and promotion of regional wine industry.
Cherry Marketing Institute, DeWitt, Mich.
Purpose: To develop generic, cherry-related, health benefit information and
point-of-sale material to businesses that are involved in selling cherry
Michigan Cherry Committee, DeWitt, Mich.
Purpose: To develop marketing strategies for novel premium Michigan
Black and Red, Inc., Traverse City, Mich.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study and business plan for the development
of a carbonated fruit beverage using the Charmat pressurized techniques.
Peacock Road Tree Farm, LLC, Laingsburg, Mich.
Purpose: To purchase high-end Christmas decoration inventory for their
Christmas tree farm and gift shop, to market their new line through television
advertisement and pay employees.
Minnesota - $1,968,950
American Crystal Sugar Company, Moorhead, Minn.
Purpose: For development of a value-added food grade sugar beet pulp for
use as a thickening, suspending and moisture retention agent in a wide variety
of human food applications.
MG Grass Seed, LLC, Roosevelt, Minn.
Purpose: For working capital to establish a new grass seed cleaning and
Marketing company, effective systems for identifying preservation and crop
segregation and develop new markets for the grass seed.
Midwest Investorys of Renville, Renville, Minn.
Purpose: To research the feasibility of a joint partnership with Primera Foods
for a new facility that will process eggs beyond the raw state and create new
markets for further processed value-added egg products.
Earthwise Processors, LLC, Moorhead, Minn.
Purpose: For working capital to increase sales of preserved crops in new domestic
and international markets.
Harvest Land Cooperative, Morgan, Minn.
Purpose: To assist in the development of on-farm renewable energy generation
Cenex Harvest States, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
Purpose: To study the feasibility of expanding the demand for high extractable
SoyMor, Albert Lea, Minn.
Purpose: To develop a business-marketing plan for new types of processed soy oil.
Generation II Ethanol, LLC, Brewster, Minn.
Purpose: To assess the feasibility of a venture which will help transform farmers
from food producers to food and energy producers.
St. Paul Growers Association, Inc., St. Paul, Minn.
Purpose: For working capital to provide business support resources for development
of value-added agricultural products, new expanded, year-round selling space and
on-line retail sales opportunities for grower/producers.
Blue Mound Soy, Luverne, Minn.
Purpose: To develop markets for processed identity preserved soybeans.
Mississippi - $329,511
Cook Swine Farm, Starkville, Miss.
Purpose: To assess the availability and feasibility under specific Mississippi conditions
of various bioenergy technologies that could be controlled and/or implemented
by swine farmers.
Mississippi Association of Cooperatives, Jackson, Miss.
Purpose: To determine the feasibility of marketing a variety of value-added
products from fresh vegetables either individually or jointly through the
Mississippi Association of Cooperatives.
Syrisias Food, Jackson, Miss.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study and develop a business and marketing
plan for a processing facility that produces sweet potato chip and frozen pies and fries.
K & G Farms, Carthage, Miss.
Purpose: To help Mississippi poultry producers enhance their economic well-being
through optimal management of litter generated on production farms.
Missouri - $2,817,804
Missouri Northern Pecan Growers, LLC, Nevada, Mo.
Purpose: To conduct a market study for establishing an organic pecan market.
Dairy Farmers of America, Kansas City, Mo.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study to determine the market feasibility of
four new whey protein products developed by DFA.
U.S. Premium Beef, Ltd., Kansas City, Mo.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study and business and development plan for
acquisition of a major ownership interest in the Farmland National Beef Packing
Farms Food Coop, Inc., Wellsville, Mo.
Purpose: For working capital to support the start-up operations of a hormone,
steroid and sub-therapeutic antibiotic free beef canning operation.
Missouri Corn Growers Association, Jefferson City, Mo.
Purpose: To develop a marketing strategy and business plan to illustrate to producers
the value of the identity preserve system and to implement the system with sound
Mid-America Biofuels, LLC, Jefferson City, Mo.
Purpose: To establish a profitable producer owned biodiesel plant in Missouri.
Missouri Soybean Association, Jefferson City, Mo.
Purpose: For the development of a soy snack manufacturing entity.
Ozark Mountain Pork Cooperative, Mountain View, Mo.
Purpose: To develop an alliance between rural farmers and rural grocers to
increase demand for naturally grown pork through marketing of processed
meats such as hams, bacon and sausage products.
Missouri Soybean Association, Jefferson City, Mo.
Purpose: To develop a nutritionally-enhanced energy source facility for
Missouri Food and Fiber, Inc., Jefferson City, Mo.
Purpose: For operating and promotional costs during the scale up operations
of this cooperative that delivers identity preserved soybeans, corn, wheat, grain
sorghum, cotton and rice.
Mississippi Valley Processors, Shelbyville, Mo.
Purpose: To develop a business plan and establish the legal documents to
organize the producer-owned specialty soybean processing corporation.
AgraMarke Quality Grains, Inc., St. Joseph, Mo.
Purpose: For working capital to implement an identity preservation system
for grain handling and marketing.
Western Missouri Ethanol Trust, Rockville, Mo.
Purpose: To develop a marketing strategy and business and marketing plan for a
30-million gallon ethanol plant.
Montana - $854,867
Amazing Grains Cooperative, Ronan, Mont.
Purpose: For working capital to expand processing capacity and market for a
value-added gluten-free Indian ricegrass product.
Montana Eco Fuels, Thompson Falls, Mont.
Purpose: To assess the feasibility and develop a business plan for adding value to
Montana grown oil seed crops by processing them into industrial grade vegetable
oil and biodiesel additive.
Montana Grain Growers Association, Great Falls, Mont.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study and marketing plan for the commercialization
of an identity preserved barley.
Northwest Natural Beef, Big Timber, Mont.
Purpose: To develop a business and marketing plan as well as to determine the
feasibility of forming a 100 percent producer owned cooperative to add value
to the cattle by producing natural cattle and processing them for niche market
sales through branded product.
Flathead Nation Agricultural Cooperative, Ronan, Mont.
Purpose: For working capital to develop Indian branded value-added beef products.
Nebraska - $1,635,160
Imperial Young Farmers and Ranchers, Imperial, Neb.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study for developing a biomass ethanol and
electric facility that utilizes waste crops such as corn stover and wheat straw.
Shuck Family Limited Partnership, Edgar, Neb.
Purpose: To assess the feasibility of a salsa production facility in South Central
Nebraska and develop a business, market analysis and financial plan.
Small Farms Cooperative, West Point, Neb.
Purpose: To obtain technical assistance in creating a natural meat certification
and definition program and establish the cooperatives emerging European markets.
St. James Market Place, Wynot, Neb.
Purpose: To develop a feasibility study, business and marketing plan and legal cost
to help develop and enlarge their business of locally made products.
Kansas/Nebraska Meat Goat, Orleans, Neb.
Purpose: To complete a feasibility study and business development plan to
determine opportunities for producers in the adjoining states to enter and
compete in the meat goat market.
Nebraska Corn-Fed Beef, Inc., Lincoln, Neb.
Purpose: To develop new markets, implement new technologies to support the
expansion of the value-added program and develop new supply by attracting
more beef producers into the program.
Farmers Coop Oil Company, Newman Grove, Neb.
Purpose: To investigate the economic and market feasibility of locally grown and
processed soybeans for oil and meal.
Panhandle Chicory Growers Association, Inc., Scottsbluff, Neb.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study and develop a business and marketing plan for Chicory to Inulin processing.
Western Nebraska Vineyard Association, Gering, Neb.
Purpose: To complete a feasibility study and marketing and business plan to
assist in the determination of a successful grower-owned winery.
KAAPA, Kearney, Neb.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study and market study for niche market,
Quality differentiated and identity preserved grain sales to Mexico.
Ag Processing Inc., Omaha, Neb.
Purpose: To assist with the expansion of markets for its SoyGold (solvent) program.
Dorchester Farmers Cooperative, Dorchester, Neb.
Purpose: For working capital to develop the necessary systems to coordinate the
handling, contracting and movement of large volumes of value-added
identity preserved grains.
Natural Quality Direct Steering, Indianola, Neb.
Purpose: To assist with project initiation, feasibility study, legal and structural
fees and business planning to help expand the cooperatives beef, dairy
and poultry product markets.
New Jersey - $390,200
M.R. Dickinson & Son, Bridgeton, N.J.
Purpose: To conduct market, production and business structure studies for
developing value-added products using culinary herbs, corn, wheat or hay as inputs.
BJ Farms, Bridgeton, N.J.
Purpose: To establish a year-round, value-added tomato processing operation.
Sussex County Milk Producers, Lafayette, N.J.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility analysis and develop a business plan for
producing a variety of New Jersey fresh value-added dairy products, benefiting
producers in Sussex and Warren Counties.
Jersey Fruit Cooperative Association, Glassboro, N.J.
Purpose: To conduct a market audit study for New Jersey peaches to identify
future value-added markets.
Garden State Ethanol, Inc., Bordentown, N.J.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study and develop a business plan for a
farmer-owned biorefinery, greenhouse and aquaculture facility.
New York - $620,688
Northeast Cervid Cooperative, Candor, N.Y.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study and develop a business plan as part
of the planning effort to begin marketing and selling deer and elk meat products
on the East Coast.
Mohawk Valley Grown Association, Oriskany, N.Y.
Purpose: For legal fees, development of a trademark program for Mohawk Valley
products, securing additional producers and buyer commitments and assessing the
feasibility of establishing a cooperative business relationship with related N.Y.
New York Natural Beef Cooperative, Forestville, N.Y.
Purpose: To purchase an existing brand, Lake Country Premium, and serve
primarily as a standard setting and marketing organization for New York
producers of high quality, naturally raised beef.
Martens Country Kitchen Products, Port Byron, N.Y.
Purpose: To develop, manufacture and market a new, ready to use, fresh, whole
peeled potato product with extended shelf life using no sulfites for the foodservice
Catskill Family Farms Cooperative, Inc., Delhi, N.Y.
Purpose: For working capital to enter new markets for small specialty potatoes
and certified organic fingerling potatoes.
North Carolina - $79,618
Blue Ridge Shrooms in Bloom, Sugar Grove, N.C.
Purpose: To develop a business plan for marketing opportunities for innovative
organic edible and medicinal mushroom production.
Tidewater Soy Processors, Pantego, N.C.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study and business plan to determine the viability
of a value-added soybean processing facility for Eastern North Carolina.
North Dakota - $1,789,800
Heartland Durum Growers Cooperative, Crosby, N.D.
Purpose: For salaries, employee benefits and utilities for the value-added durum
Heart of the Valley, LLC, Mayville, N.D.
Purpose: Working capital for the dehydrated edible bean product manufacturer.
Dakota Renewable Fuels, LLC, Fargo, N.D.
Purpose: To complete a business plan, complete offering documents, conduct
equity drive and complete other activities need to develop a 30-million gallon
dry mill ethanol plant.
Iso-Straw Cooperative, Inc., Finley, N.D.
Purpose: To determine economic feasibility of producing a medium-density
fiberboard from straw and well it as a sanded raw board.
Dakota Pride Cooperative, Jamestown, N.D.
Purpose: To conduct market research, develop a business and marketing plan,
membership drive, legal/accounting fees and other expenses for value-added,
identity preserved food products.
Fessenden Cooperative Association, Fessenden, N.D.
Purpose: For working capital to purchase inventory and pay other direct and
marketing costs for a producer-grown bird seed.
Ohio - $900,000
Cinergy Services, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study and business plan for biomass co-firing
United Producers, Inc., Columbus, Ohio
Purpose: To implement a producer owned verified beef network.
Farm Fresh Growers Marketing, Winchester, Ohio
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study of a joint venture with a food processing
company to produce home meal replacements.
Ohio Soybean Council, Dublin, Ohio
Purpose: To evaluate the technical and commercial feasibility of manufacturing
and marketing frozen tofu in Ohio.
The Association of Appalachias, Athens, Ohio
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility plan to develop a nutraceutical market for native
Oklahoma - $231,000
Oklahoma Farmers Union Sustainable, Medford, Okla.
Purpose: To determine feasibility and financial sustainability of a new generation
cooperative that will enable grain producers to utilize new and expanding
biotechnology to enter new energy markets utilizing grains (hull-less barley)
for the production of bioenergy products.
Oregon - $367,500
RainSweet, Inc., Salem, Ore.
Purpose: For working capital to pay production costs, advertising travel
expenses, trade show expenses and product customization expenses
for new berry products.
Oregon Trail Beef Cooperative, Unity, Ore.
Purpose: To conduct a market/feasibility study, marketing plan, advertising
campaign strategy, identify a distribution system and design sales material to
most effectively market the companys branded beef.
Greener Pastures Poultry, LLC, Noti, Ore.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study for expanding its poultry processing
facility and to complete a comprehensive business plan for expansion of operations.
Oregon Sheep Growers Association, Inc., Salem, Ore.
Purpose: To conduct feasibility study for developing a lamb processing plant in
Oregon and to develop an operation plan with a marketing strategy and
Pennsylvania - $814,141
Pennsylvania Beef Council, Middletown, Pa.
Purpose: For planning purposes to enable the council to expand participation and
education the consumer about the value-added beef products being introduced to
the Pennsylvania market.
Pennsylvania Cooperative Potato, Harrisburg, Pa.
Purpose: For working capital to pay operating cost of dehydrated potato
product processing facility.
Eastern States Bison Cooperative, Lake Ariel, Pa.
Purpose: For working capital to provide for processing, packaging, labeling,
distribution, marketing and sales of value-added bison meat.
American Corn Growers Association, Washington, D.C.
Purpose: To provide farmers and farm organizations with the tools to evaluate
the feasibility of ethanol production and build consumer awareness of the role
ethanol-blended fuels could play in meeting Clean Air Standards.
South Carolina - $500,000
S.C. Farm Bureau Marketing Association, Columbia, S.C.
Purpose: To procure soybeans from Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina
and the eastern Midwest.
South Dakota - $600,000
South Dakota Ag Producers Ventures, Canton, S.D.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study for creating an integrated lamb and
veal slaughter and processing company in South Dakota.
South Dakota Farmers Union, Huron, S.D.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study to determine if renewable energy (ethanol)
produced from corn and processed biowaste from the dairy industry would be
economically, financially and technically feasible.
Tennessee - $39,800
Appalachian Spring Cooperative, Sneedville, Tenn.
Purpose: To pay salary of project coordinator to enlist new members to produce
crops for processing into value-added specialty food products and assist members
in establishing productive alliances to add value to crops and products produced.
Texas - $625,937
Affordable Building Systems, LLC, Whitewright, Texas
Purpose: To purchase 6,000 tons of wheat straw to produce building panels for
walls and ceilings and to conduct a study on soft red winter wheat varieties and
their attributes for the manufacturing process.
Central Texas Ag Development, Rockdale, Texas
Purpose: To establish an ethanol facility.
Now and Forever Flowers, Wimberley, Texas
Purpose: To conduct an evaluation of the economic and market potential of
processing fresh cut flowers into dried flower products.
Farmers Cooperative Elevator, Levelland, Texas
Purpose: To assist a grain elevator cooperative enter into a new market by
constructing an ethanol production facility.
Texas-New Mexico Sugar Beet Growers Association, Hereford, Texas
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study for purchasing, updating and operating
an existing sugar mill.
Utah - $420,000
Utah Wool Growers Association, Logan Utah
Purpose: For working capital to launch a marketing program to sell a BBQ
Vermont - $380,469
Vermont Quality Meats Cooperative, Brattleboro, Vt.
Purpose: To offset cost of sales staff, delivery staff and marketing initiatives
related to expanding and diversifying specialty markets in New York City
and Boston for branded Vermont grown meat products produce by the 47
Adams Petting Farm, Wilmington, Vt.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study and develop a business plan for
marketing Merino Sheep wool products, maple syrup and related maple products.
Agri-Mark, Inc., Montpelier, Vt.
Purpose: To support the dairy cooperatives venture initial in-store
sampling/introduction/marketing initiatives and direct mailing expenses.
Virginia - $308,900
Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, Richmond, Va.
Purpose: To create a commercially viable ethanol production facility, converting
corn to ethanol, distillers grains and carbon dioxide.
Green Virginia Ethanol Project, Reedville, Va.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study on fuel ethanol production in a grain mill
or cellulose hydrolysis or hybrid facility in Virginia.
Virginia Identity Preserved Grains, LLC, West Point, Va.
Purpose: For working capital to hire a consultant for the marketing and sales of
specialized wheat from quality assured wheat cultivars to the baking industry.
Washington - $1,689,579
Darigold, Inc., Seattle, Wash.
Purpose: To support services associated with the conversion and expansion of a
milk condensing facility to a cream/non-fat dry milk power dehydration facility.
Last Mile Electric Cooperative, Olympia, Wash.
Purpose: To assess the feasibility of installing small scale wind turbines on
farms in the Pacific Northwest
Karlon Farms, LLC, Fairfield, Wash.
Purpose: To complete a feasibility study for utilizing grain and grass straw
for supplemental biomass fuel to be used for electric generation.
Cascade Ag Services, Inc., Mount Vernon, Wash.
Purpose: To expand the consumer sales base and enter into three emerging
markets -- brine cucumbers as an ingredient, sauerkraut and organic
Pro-Mar Select Wheat of Idaho, Inc., Clarkston, Wash.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study to analyze marketing opportunities of
several wheat based products.
Family Forest Foundation, Ethel, Wash.
Purpose: To complete a feasibility study for a small forest landowner cooperative
to determine customer interest in this venture, analyze and determine appropriate
structure, markets and marketing strategy for locally produced wood products.
Appellation Yakima Valley, Prosser, Wash.
Purpose: To complete a marketing and business plan to raise awareness and
demand for wine products.
Western Washington Agricultural, Mount Vernon, Wash.
Purpose: To hire a food marketing consultant to identify, describe and define
business opportunities for grass fed beef and lamb.
American Produce Express, LLC, Omak, Wash.
Purpose: To expand and create market opportunities for lower, presently
unprofitable grades of tree fruit through the expansion of markets for individual
servings sized, sliced and packaged apples and pears.
Valley Pride Sales, Inc., Mount Vernon, Wash.
Purpose: To conduct an economic feasibility study for converting an agriculture
waste product, cull potatoes, into an emerging value-added biomasss market.
Sterett Bros. Hay, LLC, Davenport, Wash.
Purpose: For working capital to operate a grass hay pelleting mill in
Lincoln County, Washington.
Taylor Shellfish Co., Inc., Shelton, Wash.
Purpose: For working capital to cover initial marketing costs associated with the
launch of two value-added oyster products in Mexico and China.
Wilcox Farms, Inc., Roy, Wash.
Purpose: To expand their market for Dino and Omega 3 eggs in the western
Wisconsin - $899,912
Alto Dairy Cooperative, Waupun, Wis.
Purpose: For working capital to support operations to separate protein from
milk to produce neutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals.
Rainbow Farmers Cooperative, Milwaukee, Wis.
Purpose: To develop a business-marketing plan to support the innovative
value-added venture, A Taste of the Rainbow that works with socially
disadvantaged and limited resource producers by providing an alternative outlet
for fresh and health food to urban and rural markets.
Westby Cooperative Creamery, Westby, Wis.
Purpose: To analyze new product development and new market niches for up
to nine new dairy products.
Organic Choice Coop, Thorp, Wis.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study of pooling and marketing raw certified
organic milk to processing plants and to develop the groups own line of organic
Western Wisconsin Renewable Energy, Colfax, Wis.
Purpose: To obtain legal advice and assistance related to the development of a
30-40 million gallon corn to ethanol processing facility.
Wisconsin Farmers Union Speciality, Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Purpose: To purchase milk from Wisconsin dairy producers and to partially
finance the cheese making facility operations opening in Montfort, Wis.
Sustainable Woods Cooperative, Lone Rock, Wis.
Purpose: For working capital to enhance and implement an innovative inventory
tracking system among small forestry cooperatives in Wisconsin, Minnesota,
Michigan and Iowa.
Partners In Forestry, Tomahawk, Wis.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study for a Partners in Forestry Sustainable
Forestry Certification program which will lead to identifying raw product
supplies and sales of the to niche markets for manufacturing, and to determine
the feasibility of biomass energy to power small electric generating plants
using wood residue.
Chippewa Valley Cheese Corporation, Osseo, Wis.
Purpose: To expand markets by establishing relations with major distributors
for bringing certified cheese to larger and higher-priced markets predominately
on the East and West Coast.
Wyoming - $90,000
Platte Valley Wyo-Braska Beet Growers, Wy.
Purpose: To conduct a feasibility study for beet producers for the purchase of a
sugar plant and to develop new marketing ventures.
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