The USDA Rural Development (RD) is accepting applications for grants to help farmers, ranchers and producer-based businesses nationwide develop new product lines.
The funding is being provided through the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program. VAPG grants can be used to develop new products from raw agricultural products or promote new markets for established products. Veterans, socially-disadvantaged groups, beginning farmers and ranchers, operators of small and medium-sized family farms and ranches and farmer and rancher cooperatives are given special priority.
The deadline to submit paper applications is March 10, 2020. Electronic applications submitted through grants.gov are due March 5, 2020. For more information on this grant program, visit
USDA Rural Development
For assistance in New York, call 315-570-2233.