Learn About Business Planning and Applying for USDA's Value-Added Producer Grant Program

David Hughes, UT Institute of Agriculture

D​avid Hughes (center), a professor in Agricultural and Resource Economics, will instruct partipants on developing a value-added agriculture business and on submitting a VAPG proposal. Photo courtesy UTIA. Download image​

SPRING HILL, Tenn. – Giving careful consideration to business planning is the first step for any farm business wanting to develop a value-added enterprise says Hal Pepper, financial analysis specialist with University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture. Farmers who identify trends and market opportunities and develop a well-thought-out business plan may enhance their likelihood of success.

Pepper along with David Hughes, a professor in the UT Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Pete Nelson with AgLaunch, specialists with USDA and others will present a workshop designed to help farmers identify business planning considerations, grant opportunities and cost-share programs available to value-added producers. The workshop "Developing Value-Added Agriculture Businesses" will discuss USDA's Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program and how to apply. 

Participants will learn how to develop an idea for the VAPG program and how to prepare a grant proposal. Farmers who have previously received a VAPG will share their experiences and prospective VAPG applicants will have an opportunity to discuss their ideas with presenters. The workshop is designed for farmers who want to develop a value-added agriculture business and submit a VAPG proposal.

"Developing Value-Added Agriculture Businesses" will be held in the following locations across the state:

Maynardville- November 20

Murfreesboro - November 21
Martin - November 22

Pre-registration is required and each workshop will begin at 9 a.m. local time. Check-in and networking will start at 8:30 a.m. The workshop will end by 4 p.m.

The registration fee is $20 per person and lunch is provided. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by November 10. Information about the workshop is available on the Center for Profitable Agriculture's website:
ag.tennessee.edu/cpa. Register for the workshop now at tiny.utk.edu/VAPG.

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

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Hal Pepper, Center for Profitable Agriculture, 931-486-2777,