Value-Added Agriculture Producer Grant (VAPG) Program was authorized by
the Agriculture Risk Protection Act of 2000 and was amended by the Farm
Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, better known as the 2002 Farm
program was created with two primary objectives.
The first is to encourage independent producers of
agricultural commodities to furthered refine these products increasing
their value to end users. The second objective is to establish an
Information resource center to collect, disseminate, coordinate, and
provide information on value-added processing to independent producers
may be used for planning activities and 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 maximum amount that can be awarded is $500,000, and all VAPG funds
must be matched by an equal amount of funds from the applicant or a
For more information about the program, please
contact the USDA Rural
Development Area Office nearest you.
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