If you’ve researched and planned a farm project designed to add value to your farm venture, you may wish apply for a value-added producer grant to help fund your project.
The USDA is accepting applications for the 2008 Value Added Producer Grants.
Last year, 162 recipients from 42 states received $22.6 million to implement innovative projects. This list of past recipents gives you an idea of the range of projectS.
A total of $18.4 million is available to producers, producer groups and farmer cooperatives. Funds can be used for determining the viability of a potential value-added venture or for working capital. A maximum of $100,000 is available per planning grant, $300,000 is the maximum per working capital grant.
Grants for specialty crops in Indiana
A grant program for specialty crops has been announced by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.
The grants, funded by the USDA’s Ag Marketing Service, range from $5,000 to $20,000 to qualifying projects.
Organizations eligible to apply for the grants include commissions, public entities, associations and/or nonprofit organizations that represent specialty crops, such as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and nursery crops.
The deadline to apply is March 7. Read More