How can a Value-Added Producer Grant help my farm?

This is a part of a blog series on different federal programs in the USDA and how they affect the average beginning farmer.  Let us know if there is a particular program that you’d like us to write about next! You read yesterday about the new Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act and the great things that will come with it if it passes.  One of the big chunks of that funding is the Value-Added Producer Grant program.  Here’s a quick intro to... Read More

Beyond the Field: An Interconnected Farm Community

The practice of agriculture relies upon a tremendous amount of knowledge, skill, and hard work. It is also uniquely subject to pressures from outside of the farmer’s immediate control. ‘Beyond the Field’ is a series of posts that examines the many outside factors that can play a determining role in the success of a farm business. No farm is an island. As any farmer who has ever struggled to find a market can tell you, having an engaged, educated... Read More

USDA Funds Available for Value-Added Producers – Apply by October 15

All you beginning farmers out there with an eye towards value-added production, listen up! USDA Rural Development has published the Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for the Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program. The Application deadline is October 15th, 2012. In this program agricultural producers or producer groups may apply for either a feasibility study grant (maximum $100,000) or a working capital grant ($300,000 maximum).  Eligible activities... Read More