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FARM READY RESEARCH WEBINAR SERIES: https://extension.wisc.edu/agriculture/farm-ready-research/
In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent announcement of at least $76 million in available grant support via the Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has released a newly updated version of its Farmers’ Guide to Applying for the Value Added Producer Grant Program.
For farmers and ranchers, NSAC’s guide includes everything interested producers need to know about VAPG to determine if the program is a good fit for their operation, including program changes made due to the COVID-19 pandemic and helpful tips to improve a producer’s chances of obtaining funding from this highly competitive program. VAPG funds can be used for working capital, feasibility studies, business plans, and for marketing efforts to establish viable value-added businesses. Up to $75,000 is available for planning grants and up to $250,000 is available for working-capital grants. Individuals and groups of producers, as well as farmer coops and producer-controlled businesses, are eligible to apply for these grants.
The deadline to submit paper applications for VAPG grants in-person or via mail this year is May 4, 2021; the deadline to submit electronic applications is April 29, 2021.
The Cutting Edge: A Podcast in Search of New Crops for Wisconsin
Agricultural diversification is a hot topic right now. Faced with an ongoing stretch of depressed commodity prices, growers are looking for other cropping options. To meet the need, UW-Extension has launched a new podcast to provide growers with research-based information on new and alternative crops. Each episode of The Cutting Edge: A Podcast in Search of New Crops for Wisconsin focuses on a single crop by interviewing researchers, growers, and movers and shakers behind each crop. Check it out today!