USDA has $44 million in grants for ag producers

LINCOLN—USDA Rural Development State Director Maxine Moul has announced that USDA has $44 million available nationwide to farmers, ranchers or producers through its Value-Added Producer Grant Program.

The Value-Added Producer Grant program awards competitive grants that facilitate the creation and development of value-added products.

“The VAPG program is USDA’s premier rural development tool for producers,” Moul said. “USDA Rural Development Nebraska wants to build on its track record of helping agricultural producers across the state by enabling farmers, ranchers and cooperatives to grow their businesses through the development and marketing of new and existing products.”

The VAPG program contributes to business creation in rural areas, while also enhancing food choices for consumers. Independent agricultural producers, farmer or rancher cooperatives, and producer controlled entities are eligible. VAPG grants may be used for planning activities or working capital expenses related to producing or marketing a value-added product.

The deadline to submit paper applications is July 1. Electronic applications submitted through are due June 24.

Since the inception of the program, Nebraska’s USDA Rural Development has awarded 104 Value-Added Producer Grants totaling $11.8 million.

To discuss applicant and project eligibility or for more information on the VAPG program in Nebraska, contact business program specialist Brant Richardson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (402) 437-5568.