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Sunday, April 20, 2014

USDA accepting value-added producer grant applications

HILO, Hawaii—Applications are currently being accepted for the Value-Added Producer Grant Program. The objective of the program is to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based value-added products. Also, to expand markets and increase financial returns to agricultural producers.

An independent producer, farmer or rancher cooperative, agricultural producer group or majority-controlled producer-based business are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants may apply for a planning or working capital grant.  The maximum grant per application is $75,000 and $200,000, respectively.  Completed applications must be received by Feb. 24, 2014.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. This announcement is one part of the department’s efforts to strengthen the rural economy.

For further details about eligibility rules and application procedures, see the notice published on page 70260 of the Nov. 25, 2013, Federal Register or http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-25/pdf/2013-28175.pdf.  Additional information may also be found at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_VAPG.html. 

For any questions you may have, contact Anthony Barcinas (671) 300-8567 or anthony.barcinas@pb.usda.gov for projects in Guam and the Western Pacific. (USDA)

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