COLUMBIA — If you are a farmer intrigued in constructing or extending a worth-additional organization, consider recognize. The College of Tennessee Centre for Rewarding Agriculture, jointly with professionals from UT Extension, USDA, AgLaunch and the Tennessee Section of Agriculture amongst some others, will carry out a workshop that may possibly assist you get funding.
The Developing Benefit-Added Agriculture Firms workshop will happen on Jan. 25. This all-working day digital workshop is built to assistance producers with price-included enterprises identify business setting up means and specialized help, grant prospects and expense-share programs accessible to them. The concentration of the workshop will be on assisting producers create their suggestions for USDA’s Benefit-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) application, a aggressive application that allows producers enter into benefit-extra activities linked to processing and marketing new items.
USDA lately announced $33 million of accessible funding for the VAPG method, clarifies Hal Pepper, financial assessment professional with the Center for Financially rewarding Agriculture.
“Our aim is to see Tennessee producers seize far more of these grant resources and make thriving value-extra businesses,” Pepper stated.” Last year producers in the point out acquired twelve awards totaling $2.1 million.”
Pepper claimed grant and matching funds might be utilised for preparing routines (this kind of as a feasibility review or business enterprise or advertising prepare) or for functioning money costs similar to developing and internet marketing a worth-added agricultural product or service.
Workshop members will learn what’s essential to develop a productive software and how to get commenced in the grant software method. Presenters will reveal how to full the application and how proposals are reviewed and scored. A grant author and small business planner will offer you guidelines, and a producer who formerly received a VAPG award will talk about classes learned from the working experience.
Classes will commence at 10 a.m. EST and conclusion by 4:30 p.m. There is no charge to show up at, but pre-registration is expected.