Value-Added Producer Grant Training

An invitation to join us at…

 

Value-Added Producer Grant
Training Presentation and Discussion

 USDA-Rural Development welcomes the opportunity to provide a presentation on the VAPG grant and discuss the application process with potential applicants, grant writers, and others.

When?    Wednesday, April 12, 10-11:30am
Where?   Albuquerque

 USDA-Rural Development State Office
1st Floor Conference Room
6200 Jefferson NE
Albuquerque, NM  87109

  • Purpose:  To increase customer base and revenue for farmers and ranchers
  • Eligible applicants:  Independent agricultural producers (farmer and ranchers), farmer and rancher cooperatives, and agricultural producer groups.
  • Uses.  Grant and matching funds can be used for planning activities or for working capital expenses related to PROCESSING and marketing a value-added agricultural product. Examples of planning activities include conducting feasibility studies and developing business plans for processing and marketing the proposed value-added product. Examples of working capital expenses include processing costs; marketing and advertising expenses; some inventory and salary (and contractual) expenses. So, for example, you might receive funds for marketing your raw tomatoes.  Perhaps, you could hire someone to market your tomatoes at a farmers’ market each weekend…Or…if you raise tomatoes and then make salsa from your tomatoes, funds might assist you by reimbursing for labor and supplies necessary to process the salsa as well as funding for marketing the salsa.  This kind of funding can apply to other farming and ranching agricultural commodities.
  • Funding; match:  Grants have been awarded up to $75,000 for planning and up to $250,000 for working capital.  There is a 1:1 match required.

This training is free and open to the public.  For a brief description of the VAPG program, please see https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/value-added-producer-grants.  Contact Jesse Monfort Bopp at jesse.bopp@nm.usda.gov or 505.761.4952 if you require any special accommodation(s) for this event, to RSVP or to receive an application template.  An RSVP is not required but would be appreciated so that we can make sure that we have space and an appropriate amount of handouts.

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Jesse Monfort Bopp
Loan Specialist
Rural Development
U.S. Department of Agriculture
6200 Jefferson St. NE  Room 255
Albuquerque, New Mexico  87109
Phone: 505-761-4952 | Fax: 505-761-4977

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 846 Santa Fe, NM 87504

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