Monday, 08 April 2013 13:37

Microloan and Value-Added Producer Grant Workshop for Farmers

By Staff Report | News

BALLSTON SPA — There will be an informational workshop on funding opportunities through the USDA Microloan and Value-Added Producer Grant programs for farmers. This program is open to the public.  The workshop will provide information about the funding programs and outline who is eligible and how to apply and the program will be presented by Rebecca DeSorbe, David Holck and Gretchen Pinkel of the USDA and the Office of Senator Gillibrand.

In January, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new microloan program designed to help small and family operations, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers secure loans under $35,000. The new microloan program is aimed at bolstering the progress of producers through their start-up years by providing needed resources and helping to increase equity so that farmers may eventually graduate to commercial credit and expand their operations. The microloan program will also provide a less burdensome, more simplified application process in comparison to traditional farm loans.

The Value-Added Agricultural Producer Grants program is designed to encourage independent producers of agricultural commodities to process their raw products into marketable goods. By creating value-added products, farmers and businesses can expand economic opportunities, create jobs and keep wealth in rural communities.

The workshop will be Tuesday, April 9 at 1 p.m. at the Saratoga County 4-H Training Center, 56 Middle Line Road, Ballston Spa. The event is free; RSVPs are requested for those attending. Please call Sharon LaPier at (518) 885-8995 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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