Do You Have an Idea for a New Product? Here’s How to Get Financial Assistance to Get Started

Information on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Value Added Producer Grant Program was recently announced. It includes $37 million in grant support to help producers generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities and increase income. In conjunction with this announcement, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) released a newly updated version of its Farmers’ Guide to Applying for the Value Added Producer Grant Program (The Guide). NSAC’s newly updated guide includes everything interested producers need to know about VAPG to determine if the program is a good fit for their operation, as well as details on changes made in the 2018 Farm Bill, and helpful tips to improve a producer’s chances of obtaining funding from this highly competitive program. The Guide provides clear information on the program’s application requirements, including a step-by-step description of the application and ranking processes, and is available for free on the NSAC website. The deadline to submit paper applications in-person or via mail is March 10, 2020; the deadline to submit electronic applications is March 5, 2020. Electronic applications must be submitted through grants.gov. To ensure a strong and diverse applicant pool, NSAC encourages all interested farmers, ranchers, fisherman, and food entrepreneurs to apply – particularly those from historically underserved communities. “For farmers and ranchers interested in taking their operati

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