USDA Value Added Producer Grant Program

The USDA Value-Added Producer Grant program is a competitive grants program administered by USDA’s Rural Business Cooperative Service that makes funds available to help producers enter into value-added activities. The program is administered through State USDA Rural Development offices.

Individual   producers,   cooperatives,   farm   alliances   and   majority-controlled   producer-based business ventures are encouraged to apply. Grants are awarded for both the marketing and processing of an agricultural product.

In the last 7 years Westar Trade Resources has assisted 21 companies to submit proposals to the USDA VAPG program, and 19 companies were awarded grants for a total of $3,085,305.