USDA Announces VAPG Recipients
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA has selected 258 recipients to receive business development assistance through the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program. Funds totaling more than $34 million were awarded.
The grants can be used for a wide range of purposes. They can support local and regional food systems, further the development of the growing bioeconomy, and finance the distribution of local and regional products.
Projects awarded include:
- A $242,975 grant to the Texas Grassfed Association to support the expansion a mid-tier value chain for grassfed livestock products.
- A $36,000 grant to Dobler Hill Dairy, LLC in Washington State to develop a feasibility study and business plan for goat milk cheese production.
- A $245,897 grant to Stonewood Farm Inc. in Vermont to help expand the production, marketing and distribution of value-added turkey products.
- A $244,943 grant to the Regional Food Hub Steering Committee in Kansas to finance business start-up costs for a Regional Food Hub to serve northeast Kansas, northwest Missouri, and the Kansas City Metro Region.
USDA is awarding Value-Added Producer Grants in 47 states, Puerto Rico and the Western Pacific. A full list of recipients is available here. Funding for each project is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the grant agreement.
USDA Announces $34 Million for Agricultural Entrepreneurs to Turn Commodities into Value-Added Products, News Release, USDA, November 2015
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