USDA is accepting applications for grants to develop new value-added product lines, or to expand existing markets for established products. The funding is being provided through the USDA Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program.
VAPG grants may be used for planning activities or working capital expenses related to producing or marketing a value-added product including feasibility studies, business plans, processing of the value-added product, logo and website development, and marketing and distribution. Funds cannot be used for agriculture production or the purchase of land, buildings, or equipment.
Independent agricultural producers, farmer or rancher cooperatives, and producer-controlled entities are eligible to apply. Veterans, socially-disadvantaged groups, beginning farmers and ranchers, operators of small- and medium-sized family farms and ranches, and farmer and rancher cooperatives are given special priority.
If you have questions about the VAPG program, contact a USDA Business Program Specialist in Kansas:
Nancy Pletcher, (785) 271-2733 or firstname.lastname@example.org