FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 18, 2016
MDA awards Value Added Grants to 24 Minnesota organizations
Projects will increase sales of MN ag products
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Twenty-four Minnesota agricultural producers and processors have been awarded funding from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Value Added Grant program. The Value Added Grant program supports projects that will increase the sales of Minnesota agricultural products through added processing, marketing or manufacturing.
The sale of value-added products supports entrepreneurship and helps agriculture-related businesses succeed and grow. The MDA's Value Added Grant Program is intended for new or established for-profit businesses to stimulate development of value-added agriculture.
“Not only did this grant help us this year, but the enhancements we put in place will continue to support us as we grow,” said Kirstin van den Berg, past Value Added Grant recipient and owner of Sawtooth Mountain Maple Syrup Company. “As a result of this grant, we look forward to many years to come of successful maple sap processing and increased maple syrup sales.”
Awardees for the first round of 2016 Value Added Grants will use funds to purchase equipment and broaden their current markets or enter new ones. The projects will increase the value and sales of a wide range of Minnesota agricultural products including hogs and poultry, dairy, produce, barley, maple syrup and more. A total of $903,758 has been awarded in this round, with individual project awards ranging from $2,461-$133,547. For a complete list of this round of Value Added Grant recipients, visit www.mda.state.mn.us/grants/grants/valueaddedgrant/valueaddedrecipients.aspx.
The MDA anticipates awarding up to $1,000,000 for each of the two rounds of 2017 Value Added Grants. Equipment purchases or physical improvement projects may be eligible, and up to 25% of the total project cost may be reimbursed with a maximum grant award of $150,000 and a minimum grant award of $1,000. Applications for the 2017 Value Added Grant program will open at the end of July. The Request for Proposals and application can be accessed at http://www.mda.state.mn.us/grants/grants/valueaddedgrant.aspx.
CONTACT: Alauna Yust, MDA Communications