Houston County Ag and Horticulture News

Value Added Producer Grant Program (VAPG)

How does the Value Added Producer Grant Program (VAPG) help you? 

The VAPG program helps agricultural producers enter into value added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based, value-added products. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the goals of this program.  Grants are awarded through a national competition. Each fiscal year, applications are requested through a notice published in the Federal Register and through an announcement posted at https://www.grants.gov/.

  • Planning grants can be used to develop feasibility studies, business plans, marketing plans and legal evaluations. Maximum grant amount $75,000.
  • Working capital grants can be used to purchase inventory, office equipment and supplies; pay salaries, utilities and office rent; cover legal and accounting costs; conduct marketing campaigns; and develop branding and packaging materials. Maximum grant amount $250,000.

Who Can Apply for Program:Independent producers, farmer or rancher cooperatives, agricultural producer groups, and producer-owned business ventures, including non-profit organizations.

Learn About:

  • The ins and outs of the VAPG program. Presenter:  Joe Anderson, USDA
  • Successful grant writers present what is required in an application.
  • Requirements of feasibility studies/business plans. Presenter:  Dr. Kent Wolfe, UGA.
  • Services provided by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.  Presenter: Sarah Cook. GA Dept of Ag
  • Learn about loan programs to grow your business.

    The cost to attend is only $10

to register please go to:  https://events.attend.com/f/1383788851

WHEN

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 9:30am – 1:00pm

WHERE

Miller Murphy Howard Building, Georgia National Fairgrounds