USDA Seeks Applications for Agricultural Producer Grant
SAN JUAN – Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making up to $44 million available to farmers, ranchers and businesses to develop new bio-based products and expand markets through the Value-Added Producer Grant program.
José Otero-García, USDA Rural Development state director for Puerto Ric,o indicated that the grants may be used to develop new products and create additional uses for existing ones. Priority for these grants is given to veterans, members of socially disadvantage groups, beginning farmers and ranchers, and operators of small and midsize family farms and ranches. Additional priority is given to applicants who seek funding for projects that will create or increase marketing opportunities for these types of operators.
“America’s farmers, ranchers and rural business owners are innovative entrepreneurs, and this program helps them grow economic opportunities for their families and communities by increasing the value of the things they produce,” Vilsack said.
The deadline to submit paper applications is July 1. Electronic applications submitted through grants.gov are due June 24. For additional information, call Danna Quiles, Business & Cooperative Program director at the Puerto Rico State Office at (787) 766-5095 X 172, 173, 174 or 175.
Value-Added Producer Grants are a key element of USDA’s “Know Your Farmer Know Your Food,” which coordinate the department’s work to develop local and regional food systems.