Business Development to Host Workshops for Value-Added Producer

USDA offers grants up to $250,000

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (September 07, 2017) ā€“ The Washington County Office of Agricultural Business Development is pleased to offer one-on-one grant counseling for USDA Value-Added Producer Grants.

Applying for grants can be a difficult process. To help create, prepare and submit your application for USDA grants, the Department of Business Development will be providing one-on-one coaching opportunities. Interested parties should call or email to make an appointment for the following dates:

September 25 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
October 17 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
November 20 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
December 14 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
January 18, 2018 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Value-Added Produce Grant was designed to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to processing and/or marketing bio-base, value-added products.

Grant funds can cover costs related to planning activities or working capital expenses necessary for processing and marketing value-added products. Up to $75,000 is available for planning activities and up to $250,000 for working capital. Matching funds for 50% of total project costs are required.

Producers must apply no later than January 31, 2018.

To read more on the grant announcement, click here. Full application instructions will soon be available here.

Contact Leslie Hart at 301-432-4782 or lhart@hagerstownedc.org to learn more about the one-on-one grant counseling, the grant program or Washington County agriculture.

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