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WASHINGTON — USDA will soon announce the deadline to apply for Value Added Producer Grants.

Once the USDA sends out the Notice of Solicitation of Applications the turn around is only 30 days from the notice.

The Value-Added Producer Grant Program awards grants to agricultural producers, businesses owned by a majority of agricultural producers, and organizations representing agricultural producers for business planning or working capital expenses associated with marketing a value-added agricultural product.

Agricultural producers include farmers, ranchers, loggers, agricultural harvesters and fishermen whoengage in the production or harvesting of an agricultural commodity.

The program was created to help producers expand their customer base for the products or commodities that they produce.

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"USDA’s Value Added Producer Grants help address economic decline and poverty in rural areas by helping farmers and ranchers access premium markets with new strategies like cooperative marketing of grass-fed meats or processing of organic grains into specialty breads and pastas through grants for planning, marketing or feasibility studies or working capital," said Kim Leval, Senior Policy Analyst for the Center for Rural Affairs.

For more information on the Value-Added Producer Grant Program, contact Mike Heavrin, Program Cooperative Development manager at the Center for Rural Affairs at (402) 687-2103 ext 1008.

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