VAPGValue-Added Producer Grants (Rural Development, US Department of Agriculture)
VAPGValyl-Alanyl-Prolyl-Glycine (cell biology)
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VAPG grants can be used to develop new product lines from raw agricultural products or to promote additional uses for established products.
The primary objective of the VAPG program is to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and marketing of bio-based value-added products.
of Texas received a $20,000 VAPG to increase marketing capabilities for the cooperative's locally grown produce.
The VAPG program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based, value-added products.
Pacific Coast Producers in California will use its $200,000 VAPG to help develop a new sliced-tomato product line.
Thus, the second-largest use of the VAPG will be for training junior staff in the arts of butchery, starting with primary fabrication, but moving into seam butchery, craft butchery and charcuterie.
In 2009, the co-op also received a $32,000 VAPG to develop a plan for the expansion of operations for cheese production.
Since the start of the Obama administration, the VAPG program has helped more than 600 agricultural coops, producers and rural businesses.
The Northwest Cooperative Development Center, which itself was supported by a Rural Cooperative Development Grant from USDA, helped Husmann secure the VAPG.
VAPG is a matching grant program (recipients must put up an amount of money equal to the amount of the VAPG) that can provide a substantial boost to co-ops and other rural businesses, regardless of size.
The North American Bison Cooperative, based in North Dakota, received a $50,000 VAPG to support economic planning and research to identify new and existing markets for bison products.