USDA's VAPG Program Helps Turn Great Ideas into Great Actions

Audio provided as a service to farm broadcasters by the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center.

Audio with Dr. Mike Boland, University of Minnesota Food Industry Center Director.

Suggested Lead: USDA’s Value Added Producer Grant program provides grants to producers for various projects - such as business plans and marketing studies. University of Minnesota Food Industry Center Director Dr. Mike Boland says early on the program was focused on projects dealing with renewable fuels - but the program has evolved…tape

Cut #1        :19            O.C…”agricultural commodity.”

Boland says reviewers basically look for a good idea…tape

Cut #2        :20            O.C…”you’re doing.”

In a normal year - Boland says funds would be appropriated for the program from October 1st through September 30th. He says producer resources and the most up-to-date information about the program will be found at www dot ag m r c dot org (