Apply Today for Grants to Help Agricultural Producers and Rural Small Businesses Develop New Products
USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for grants to help farmers, ranchers, and producer-based businesses develop new product lines. Funding will be provided through the Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program.
The grants can be used to create new product lines from raw agricultural products, to develop additional uses for already developed product lines, or to market value-added agricultural products.
Independent producers, agricultural producer groups, farmer or rancher cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures are eligible to apply. Veterans, socially-disadvantaged groups, beginning farmers and ranchers, operators of small- and medium-sized family farms and ranches, and farmer and rancher cooperatives are given special priority.
The deadline to submit applications is January 31, 2018. In Oregon, applications should be submitted to the USDA Roseburg office:
Mandie Cole, Business & Cooperative Programs Specialist / Value Added Producer Grant Coordinator
(541) 378-3538, [email protected]