Our USDA-NIFA colleagues at NewBio have made us aware of a new USDA funded opportunity for Ag producers. According to NewBio, "Up to $44 million will be made available to farmers, ranchers and businesses through the USDA Value-Added Producer Grant program."
The funding focuses on assisting "[...] viable Independent Producers, Agricultural Producer Groups, Farmer and Rancher Cooperatives, and Majority-Controlled Producer-Based Businesses in starting or expanding value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of Value-Added Agricultural Products.
The application deadline is July 1, 2016. Electronic applications are permitted via http://www.grants.gov only, and must be received before midnight Eastern Time, June 24, 2016. Find out more via the Fed. Reg. website.