Value-Added Producer Grant: Application Workshop

For Immediate Release
Date: October 6, 2009

For more information contact:
Mary Anne Nurkiewicz
Mary_Anne@AgBizCenter.org

Northwest Agriculture Business Center
(360) 336-3727
www.agbizcenter.org

VALUE-ADDED PRODUCER GRANT APPLICATION WORKSHOP

(Mount Vernon, WA) The Northwest Agriculture Business Center in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture will host a half-day grant writing workshop to assist producers in applying for a USDA Value-Added Producer Grant. The class will be taught by Sharon Exley, USDA Business Programs Specialist, and will be held on October 20th from 8:30 am -12:00 pm at the Burlington Public Library located at 820 East Washington Avenue, Burlington.

This hands-on grant writing workshop for effective VAPG grant writing is for farmers & ag producers who have a value-added product idea they are ready to capitalize on. The workshop is designed to give participants the edge to compete for available grant money by providing practical assistance in putting together a complete grant application. It will include completion of forms, how to write a narrative for the project, document matching funds, and what to include in letters of support.

There is no charge to attend but space is limited and reservations are required. Applicants must confirm their eligibility by accessing the following website: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/coops/vapgea/step1.htm
Please contact the Northwest Agriculture Business Center office at (360) 336-3727 to reserve your seat in this workshop or if you need assistance in verifying your eligibility.

Information about the USDA Value-Added Producer grant can be found at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/coops/vadg.htm

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