USDA Seeks Input on Value-Added Producer Grant Program
USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS) published a Request for Information in the Federal Register, announcing a listening session on October 6, 2021, and inviting written comments regarding the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program. The VAPG program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and marketing of new products. RBCS is currently considering how it can streamline the application process, clarify eligibility requirements concerning food safety, reduce the burden for meeting requirements, and implement such requirements. Information on how to participate in the listening session and submit comments electronically is available online.