Looking for funding for your on-farm project?
July 11, 2011
The Value Added Producer Grant Program Is Open For Applications!
Value Added Producer Grants are competitive grants from the USDA that support inherently value-added production, such as organic crops, grass-fed livestock, and locally produced and marketed food products. This program also funds regional food supply networks that benefit the small and mid-sized farms by incorporating the producer into the larger farm-to-fork value chains.
Applicants may submit a planning grant (up to $100,000 each) or a working capital proposal (up to $300,000 each). Based on previous experience, the agency is estimating that the average size grant award will be $116,000. In the last round of awards, 41 percent of total awards were under $50,000.
Some past Value Added Producer Grants in Wisconsin include: building an on-farm processing plant for lambs; planning for producing aged goat cheese; packaging and marketing organic mushrooms; marketing high-quality pheasant meat; and studying the market for organic, raw herbs. In recent years, Wisconsin producers have received more grants, totaling more dollars, than any other state in the nation.
You can get more information by contacting your local USDA Rural Development Office, and you can also find more information online here.