USDA grants boost Oklahoma agriculture
USAgNet - 02/12/2024
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is calling on Oklahoma's agricultural producers to apply for the Value-Added Producer Grant program, with a deadline set for April 16, 2024. This initiative seeks to enhance the economic prospects of commodities by providing funding for marketing, packaging, and working capital to transition commodities into value-added products.
This year, the USDA awarded grants to three Oklahoma businesses: American Heritage Beef, Jackson Angus Beef, and Miller Pecan Company, showcasing the program's capacity to support diverse agricultural endeavors.
These grants, reaching up to $125,000, are aimed at fostering growth and prosperity within the agricultural sector by facilitating direct consumer sales and expanding market opportunities.
Eligibility extends to nonprofits, government agencies, tribal organizations, and individual producers, emphasizing projects that benefit the agricultural sector broadly. The USDA Rural Development in Stillwater, Oklahoma, is available to assist applicants with the process, ensuring that even those without grant writing experience can successfully apply.
The grant recipients plan to use their awards to expand their operations significantly. American Heritage Beef will enhance its meat processing capabilities, Jackson Angus Beef aims to increase direct consumer sales, and Miller Pecan Company will enter new markets with packaged Native Pecans.
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