Learn About Sources of Grants and Loans for Direct Marketers of Farm Products


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SPRING HILL, Tenn. – Understanding the types of grants and loans available to growers who direct market their products can seem daunting, says Hal Pepper, financial analysis specialist with the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture. But learning how to tap into these resources may result in additional cash flow for farms who want to add value to their products.

“Where Does a Value-Added Producer Go to Find Money?” is a topic that will be presented on August 29 in workshops developed by University of Tennessee Extension Center for Profitable Agriculture. The workshops are designed to help growers learn where they may apply for grants and loans, who may apply and eligibility requirements. 

“Where Does a Value-Added Producer Go to Find Money?” will be held in the following locations:

August 29 – Blountville, Tenn.
August 29 – Maynardville, Tenn.

The Blountville workshop will offer an additional topic, “Sales Tax, Business License and Product Liability Insurance for Value-Added Products.”

There is no registration fee for these workshops, but pre-registration is required as space is limited.

The workshop in Blountville will begin at 8 a.m. with check-in and a meal. The training will last from about 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. The workshop in Maynardville will begin at 4 p.m. with check-in and the training will last from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. A meal will follow. The pre-registration deadline for the workshop in Blountville is August 22 and the deadline for Maynardville is August 21. 

Pre-registration for each workshop will be handled by the local Extension office in Sullivan and Union counties. Pre-registration information for the workshops is also available on the Center for Profitable Agriculture’s website at ag.tennessee.edu/cpa​. Click the top link “Educational Events” for a list of the workshops, topics and details about how to register. For more information, you may also contact Hal Pepper at 931-486-2777 or email hal.pepper@utk.edu​

The Center for Profitable Agriculture is a joint effort of University of Tennessee Extension and the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation. 

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu. 

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Hal Pepper, Center for Profitable Agriculture, 931-486-2777, hal.pepper@utk.edu