Value Added

Rural Fishers Tap Local Foods Market

The commercial fishers in the small southern Oregon coastal community of Port Orford were reliant on the corporate model to sell their catch.

“The fishermen here are fiercely individualist and there’s all kinds of characters,” said Aaron Longton, captain of the Goldeneye. “But when it comes right down to it, we all have the same needs. We want a secure marketplace. We want to have some control over pricing and who we sell our fish to.”

USDA Offers $3.5 Million in Technical Assistance Grants to Establish & Operate Agriculture Innovation Centers

Program Aims to Provide Technical, Business Development, and Marketing Assistance to Value Added Producers

CARSON CITY, NEV., Oct. 24, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy has announced that USDA’s Business and Cooperatives Service is providing $3.5 million in technical assistance grants for nonprofits, for-profit corporations, public bodies and institutions of higher education to establish and operate Agriculture Innovation Centers.

USDA is Seeking Applications for Grants to Help Rural Businesses and Ag Producers Develop and Market Value-Added Products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting applications for technical assistance grants, which the recipients will use to help rural businesses and agricultural producers develop and market value-added agricultural products.

STAKEHOLDER ANNOUNCEMENT: USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Rural Businesses Market Value-Added Products

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is accepting applications for technical assistance grants to help rural businesses market value-added agricultural products.

Join USDA for an Agricultural Producer Workshop:

USDA Rural Development will host a series of two free Agricultural Producer Workshops: Making Value Added Work for Your Operation at various locations in Montana this month.

These free one-day workshops will feature the USDA Value Added Producer Grant Program, which can help farmers and ranchers enter into value added activities. The workshops will also include a comprehensive line-up of speakers experiences in assisting agricultural producers with projects here in Montana.

Marketing and Modernization Project Increases Local Food Options

Lone Tree Foods, with the main office in Crete, Neb., is a farmer-owned business named for the Lone Tree Ferry that was instrumental in connecting Nebraska to the eastern territories.  Their mission is to connect local farmers with wholesale buyers in Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa.  They function as an ordering hub and sales channel via their sales staff and online ordering system.  In order to continue their mission of providing local foods they determined that there were improvements that could be made to their marketing process.  Lone Tree Foods received a USDA Value-Added Producer G