Register by July 18th!

Calling all value added agriculture service providers, educators, entrepreneurs, and community leaders to attend the 18th annual National Value Added Agriculture Conference in Madison, Wisconsin!

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Subscribe to the Renewable Energy Monthly Report!

The Monthly Report recently underwent new authorship. Make sure you are staying up-to-date with the latest renewable energy information!

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Enterprise Budgets For Your Next Value-Added Venture

Use these AgMRC Enterprise Budgets to help with business plans and grant applications!

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It's Farmers Market Season!

Search Farmers Markets in Your Area with USDA's National Farmers Market Directory!


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Value- Added Producer Grants

VAPG Program - Funding Announced:

The Value Added Producer Grant program is a competitive grant program from USDA Rural Development that assists producers with value-added activities related to the processing and marketing of value-added products. Approximately $44 million is available in 2016. Paper applications are due July 1 and electronic submissions must be made by June 24, 2016 on


VAPG Overview:

AgMRC Information  Program Overview  USDA Rural Development

Official NOFA   USDA 2016 News Release   Farmers Guide to Applying for a Value Added Producer Grant


VAPG Analysis:

Case Studies of Past Recipients  USDA Toolkits

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June 20, 2016
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