USDA announced its 2022 Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) for the Value-Added Producer Grant Program (VAPG). Electronic applications will be accepted until April 25, 2022; paper applications must be postmarked by May 2, 2022. VAPG provides competitive grants to individual independent agricultural producers, groups of independent producers, producer-controlled entities, organizations representing agricultural producers, and farmer or rancher cooperatives, to create or expand value-added producer-owned businesses. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has updated its publication Farmers’ Guide to Applying for the Value-Added Producer Grant Program. This free, online guide includes all of the information that farmers and ranchers need to know about VAPG to determine if the program is a fit for their operation, including changes made to the program this year. READ MORE >>