Value Added Ag Producer Grants

Farm and forestry producers who have innovative ideas for enhancing the value of their agricultural products, and who are discovering new ways to diversify the agricultural economy, are encouraged to apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development’s Value Added Producer Grants. This program supports farmers and foresters in developing new products and that add value to existing commodities. Click here for a video giving an overview of the program. 

Value-Added Producer Grants may be used by agricultural innovators to develop new products, increase the value of existing products, and develop new uses for traditional commodities. Eligible applicants include farm, forestry and fishery producers who produce 51 percent of the raw commodity used to produce a final product. Eligible applicants also include mid-tier value chains that represent producers aggregating a raw commodity and marketing a value added product. Producers may apply for up to a $75,000 grant for planning, marketing and feasibility study related activities and a $250,000 grant for working capital expenses.  The Value Added Producer Grant requires a 50 percent match. The 2017 application deadline is January 31, 2018.

Interested applicants can find application information on the USDA Rural Development website here.

Please contact susan.poland@vt.usda.gov or call her at (802) 828-6002 with any questions regarding this program.