COLUMBIA — If you’re a farmer interested in constructing or extending a worth-included small business, just take recognize. The University of Tennessee Centre for Profitable Agriculture, collectively with professionals from UT Extension, USDA, AgLaunch and the Tennessee Section of Agriculture amid other folks, will perform a workshop that may well help you get funding.
The Establishing Price-Added Agriculture Organizations workshop will arise on Jan. 25. This all-day virtual workshop is made to help producers with benefit-additional enterprises detect organization planning assets and technological assistance, grant opportunities and cost-share programs out there to them. The aim of the workshop will be on supporting producers build their thoughts for USDA’s Value-Additional Producer Grants (VAPG) plan, a competitive method that assists producers enter into benefit-added things to do similar to processing and marketing new products and solutions.
USDA just lately declared $33 million of obtainable funding for the VAPG program, explains Hal Pepper, fiscal analysis professional with the Middle for Rewarding Agriculture.
“Our goal is to see Tennessee producers seize a lot more of these grant resources and create successful worth-added companies,” Pepper mentioned.” Very last yr producers in the point out received twelve awards totaling $2.1 million.”
Pepper stated grant and matching money might be employed for arranging functions (these as a feasibility analyze or enterprise or promoting plan) or for functioning money bills connected to generating and promoting a price-included agricultural products.
Workshop participants will learn what’s wanted to create a successful application and how to get begun in the grant software system. Presenters will describe how to full the software and how proposals are reviewed and scored. A grant author and business enterprise planner will offer you suggestions, and a producer who previously been given a VAPG award will discuss lessons figured out from the experience.
Sessions will start out at 10 a.m. EST and finish by 4:30 p.m. There is no price to show up at, but pre-registration is necessary.