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Spotlight on Agricultural Funding – May 2016

If you are interested in any of the funding opportunities below please contact Deirdre Birmingham at: deirdreb4@gmail.com


Funding to Verify MI Farming Compliance with Environmental Standards – Apply by May 20, 2016



NRCS to Help Missouri Farmers Establish Monarch Butterfly Habitat – Apply by May 20, 2016



Resources for Producers Thinking About Applying for the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) – Apply by 6/24/2016 (Online Applications) or 7/1/2016 (Paper Applications – Mailed)

Two examples of Value-Added Producer Grant awards from 2015 include:

  • Shoshone-Bannock Enterprises in Fort Hall, Idaho, received a $75,000 grant to conduct a feasibility study on processing, packaging and marketing buffalo meat, a first step in identifying potential new market opportunities.
  • Sappa Valley Poultry in Oberlin, Kan., received a $49,663 grant to expand distribution of their free-range chicken products into eastern Colorado and western Kansas markets.

VAPG Resources and Materials for Application Submission





“Missouri Grown” Specialty Crop Promotion Program – Apply by July 15th, 2016



USDA Offers New Loans for Portable Farm Storage and Handling Equipment



Slow Money Minnesota – Grow a Farmer Fund