July 7 is the last day to apply for the Value-Added Producer Grant through the USDA. Thirty million dollars has been made available to farmers, ranchers, and food entrepreneurs to develop new product lines. Electronic applications through grants.gov are due by tomorrow, July 2nd, but paper applications are being accepted until next Tuesday, July 7th.
Independent producers, agricultural producer groups, farmer- or rancher-cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures are eligible to apply for this program. Certain groups will be given special priority including new farmers, military veterans, socially disadvantaged, and others. For more information on this go to www.usda.gov/farmbill.