USDA Value Added Producer Grant

The deadline for paper applications submitted to the Michigan State Office is coming up; either emailed, delivered, or postmarked by 4:30 pm on May 16, 2023.

The Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and marketing of new products. The goals of this program are to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities and increase producer income.

You may receive priority if you are a beginning farmer or rancher, a socially-disadvantaged farmer or rancher, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer or rancher cooperative or are proposing a mid-tier value chain.

  • If you have an application in process, we highly encourage you to reach out to us for help with making sure it is eligible, complete, and will score the best it possibly can. 
  • For more information and related forms see the VAPG Webpage.

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Our primary Specialist for Value Added Producer Grant this year is Donald Mulson, reach him at:

Questions and inquiries can also be sent to the Michigan RBS team at: 

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