Introducing FoodSearcher!

In partnership with MarketMaker, viewers landing on specific value added product profiles will be able to view, via interactive map, MarketMaker registered businesses pertaining to that value added product in a specific location. 
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National Farmers Market Directory

Find a farmers market in your area and find out how close you are to local food and products!

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What's in Season?

Curious on what food is in season and where it is located? Check out this recently launched app from Market Maker, the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Illinois Farmers Market Association.

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Get Prepared for VAPG Applications

The USDA will soon be announcing the funding available for the 2017 Value Added Producer Grant. In an effort to get a jump start at the application process, AgMRC suggest that you get prepared by completing the following steps:

1. Apply for a DUNS number - Contact Dun & Bradstreet to obtain your free DUNS number, a 9-digit identification number linked to your business and required of all applicants. You can request your number at this website or by phone at 1-866-705-5711. You will need to provide certain information.

2. Register in the System for Award Management (SAM) database - For assistance, call the Federal Service Desk at 1–866-606–8220 and press '1.' Registering in the SAM database assigns users a CAGE code, necessary for final submission of your grant.

3. Contact the USDA Rural Development (RD) office in your state - The most recent information on funding availability and applications is available through your state USDA RD Office. If requested, each office will conduct a preliminary review of any application completed in that state.

4. Visit the official VAPG website - The website provides such application materials as the application guide and the government forms that VAPG applicants must complete. 

From Our Blog

July 05, 2017
The USDA Value Added Grant (VAPG) program can become that necessary partner for smaller agricultural businesses to take aggressive growth steps. That’s exactly what happened when, in 2014, Jumpin’ Good Goat Dairy LLC received a modest $10...

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