Grants for Agricultural Businesses

Our rural economy, together with farming and other agricultural businesses are undergoing many changes as an after effect of the ongoing worldwide economic crises. These changes greatly affect number of factors such as the scope of agricultural businesses, the market where their products are sold, and the operating environment as a whole and the way players get funds for their operations. The government continues to be committed to act as a catalyst in creating opportunities for further growth of the country’s agricultural community through several grants and support services. Most of these grants are designed to incorporate environmental benefits as well as marketing and overall economic success through the use of existing and renewable resources.

Value Added Producer Grants

This grant is administered by the Department of Agriculture through the office of Rural Development. It is aimed at assisting independent producers of agricultural products and farmer cooperatives in developing business plans and strategies that will result into the refinement or enhancement of their products, thus helping to increase their value to consumers and increasing the producers’ profits. These grants are available as planning grants and working capital grants. You can contact your local or state Rural Development office or contact the grant’s headquarters at:

Cooperative Programs
Rural Business-Cooperative Service
Department of Agriculture
Washington, District of Columbia 20250
Telephone: (202) 720-7558
Website: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/coops/vadg.htm

Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone)

This program is under the banner of the Small Business Administration. The purpose of this program is to assist qualified SBC’s in historically underutilized business zones in increasing employment opportunities in addition to improving economic development and business investments in these areas. Funds are provided for creation of jobs, stimulating capital investments and overall economic development in distressed communities in both rural and urban areas. Eligible applicants include small businesses, community development corporations, agricultural cooperatives or Indian tribes located in a HUBZone. You can learn more about this program from their headquarters at:

SBA Executive Secretariat
409 3rd. Street, SW
Washington, District of Columbia 20416
Telephone: 1-800-827-5722
Website: http://www.sba.gov/hubzone

Agriculture is an indispensable part of the country’s economy and thus, the US government is especially committed to its development. For this purpose, the government has provided several grants for agricultural businesses to in order to help those involved succeed and expand their businesses. These grants can be obtained through various government agencies tasked with overseeing projects and research that will benefit agricultural development and thus our overall economic system as well.

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