VAPGValue-Added Producer Grants (Rural Development, US Department of Agriculture)
VAPGValyl-Alanyl-Prolyl-Glycine (cell biology)
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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.
Pacific Coast Producers in California will use its $200,000 VAPG to help develop a new sliced-tomato product line.
Miles Smith Farm received a $127,000 VAPG to market and produce burgers made from 55 percent grass-fed beef and 45 percent organically raised pork.
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.
About 2,500 miles away, a co-op owned by a dozen plantain growers in Puerto Rico was also celebrating its award of a $300,000 VAPG from USDA.
These projects will provide financial returns and help create jobs for agricultural producers, businesses and families across the country," Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said when announcing the 2012 VAPG recipients Feb.
Oregon Woodland Cooperative was awarded a $150,000 VAPG in 2009 to process members' non-timber forest products (tree needles, bark, moss, etc.
In 2009, they received a VAPG for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.
For more information on VAPG and other USDA Rural Development programs, visit: www.
Under the program's 50/50 match rules, MaxYield received $30,500 in VAPG funding to study the feasibility for installing a methane digester.
In 2007, Sunsweet began marketing a light, low-calorie version of its PlumSmart[R] juice product, aided by a $300,000 VAPG from USDA.
Below is a list of cooperatives that received VAPGs in 2007.