Value-Added Producer Grant Program (Federal)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place United States

Name Value-Added Producer Grant Program
Incentive Type Federal Grant Program
Applicable Sector Agricultural
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Anaerobic Digestion, Renewable Fuels, Ethanol, Biodiesel
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector Federal
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Average of 125,000

Equipment Requirements Cost-share required
Start Date 2005-03-07
Expiration Date Applications due 5/6/05

Maximum Incentive 100,000 for planning grants; 150,000 for working capital grants


References DSIRE[1]


A total of $14.3 million in grants was allocated for fiscal year 2005 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support the development of value-added agriculture business ventures. Value-Added Producer Grants are available to independent producers, agricultural producer groups, farmer or rancher cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures seeking funding for one of the following activities:

(1) planning activities needed to establish a viable value-added marketing opportunity for an agricultural product (e.g. conduct a feasibility study, develop a business plan, develop a marketing plan); or

(2) acquiring working capital to operate a value-added business venture that will allow producers to better compete in domestic and international markets.

Grant awards for fiscal year 2005 supported energy generated on-farm through the use of agricultural commodities, wind power, water power or solar power. The maximum award per grant was $100,000 for planning grants and $150,000 for working capital grants. Matching funds of at least 50% were required. Applications were due on or before May 6, and the anticipated award date is September 30, 2005. Information about grant recipients and projects from previous years' solicitations is available on the program Web site above.

Application guides and materials for the Value-Added Producer Grant are available at USDA Coordinators for each state are available to assist with questions related to the application process and forms, and other issues.

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Farm Security And Rural Investment Act of 2002, Sec. 6401
Date Effective FY 2003
Date Enacted 2002-05-13
Expiration Date FY 2007
Authority 2: Program Regulations: 7 CFR 4284
Date Effective 2004-06-01

Authority 3: [ 2005 Announcement of Value-Added Producer Grant Availability (3/7/05 Federal Register)

Producer Grant Application Deadlines Value-Added Producer Grant Announcement (3/7/05 Federal Register)]

Date Effective 2005-03-07
Expiration Date Applications due 5/6/05

Incentive Contact

Contact Name RBS National Office
Department Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Address Mail Stop 3250
Address 2 1400 Independence SW

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Place Washington, District of Columbia
Zip/Postal Code 20250
Phone (202) 720-7558


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"