Grant Money for Value Added, GroupGAP, Conservation

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The Latest News from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition: Grant Money for Value Added, GroupGAP Program, Farm Groups Support Conservation, and Programs for Veteran and Minority Farmers, and More...

BREAKING NEWS RELEASE: Funding Available Through Value-Added Producer Grant Program - Today, April 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the availability of up to $44 million in funding for farm and farm-related businesses through the Value-Added Producer Grant program. For farmers, adding value to their products means adding revenue to their businesses... USDA Announces $44 Million Available For Value-Added Agriculture - Today, April 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the availability of $44 million in funding through the competitive Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG). The VAPG program has served as a valuable resource for farmers looking to grow their businesses through value-added products. CONGRESSIONAL NEWS Farm Groups Defend Conservation Programs - In the hopes of preventing a re-opening of the 2014 Farm Bill to cut conservation programs, over 140 farm and conservation groups have joined together on a letter urging appropriators to commit the full funding at the levels provided in the farm bill... Over 100 Groups Urge Congress to Increase Support for Veteran and Minority Farmers - The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition joined over 100 national, state, and local organizations in sending a letter to House and Senate appropriators this week, urging them to provide increased funding for outreach and targeted assistance to our nation’s military veteran farmers and farmers of color... USDA NEWS   GroupGAP Offers Affordable Certification Option for Small and Mid-sized Farms - After three years in pilot stage the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service this week announced that GroupGAP, a new certification option ideal for small and mid-sized farms, will be available nationwide... $15 Million Available for Wetland Conservation Partnerships - On Tuesday, April 5, USDA announced the availability of $15 million for wetland restoration partnerships with state and local governments, Indian tribes, and non-profit organizations in fiscal year 2015...

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