*Funding Announced To Assist Agricultural Producers and Cooperatives Across
the Country Rural Enterprises from Maine to California Benefit from Business
Assistance Grants


On June 3, 2010 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced during the
National Summit of Rural America that USDA has selected recipients in 45
states and Puerto Rico to receive business development assistance and pursue
marking opportunities for agriculture commodities. Funding is made available
through USDA Rural Development assistance under the Value-Added Producer
Grant program, which was authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill.

The Value-Added Producer Grants announced today total more than $22.5
million. Funds may be used for feasibility studies or business plans,
working capital for marketing value-added agricultural products and for
farm-based renewable energy projects. Eligible applicants include
independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives, and agricultural
producer groups. Value-added products are created when a producer increases
the consumer value of an agricultural commodity in the production or
processing stage.

The list of recipients in Michigan include


   - Lindah Vineyards, Inc.; $7,400
   - Cooperative Elevator Company; $300,000
   - Leslie J. Weatherford - Fresh Salsa Express; $35,000
   - William Nutting; $48,250
   - Mark & Robin Falker; $125,000
   - Douglas Valley Organic Farm and Vineyard; $150,000
   - Sietsema Farms Feeds, LLC; $149,165

To read the entire article and view the list of all recipients visit **.

*Farm to Food Marketing Grants*


The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is launching its first
farmer’s market initiative this summer: the Farm to Food program. The
program provides farmers markets in Michigan to expand and impact
communities, including new job creation and job retention. The Farm to Food
Marketing grants will be available for non-entitlement communities seeking
to construct, rehabilitate, acquire, expand, or improve facilities for the
support of three or four season markets. Funding must be used for
construction, expansion, acquisition, or improvements of new or existing
farmers markets that will be or are located in low and moderate income

The maximum grant amount should not exceed $750,000. To read more on this
topic visit **.To
receive consideration for Farm to Food Funding contact should be made with
the Community Assistance Team member assigned to you territory. For more
information, contact Katherine Czarnecki (517) 241-4950 or *
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*Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program*

The Microentrepreneur Assistance Program provides direct loans, technical
assistance grants, and technical assistance-only grants to microdevelopment
organizations to support the development and ongoing success of rural
micorentrepreneurs and microenterprises.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis, but be awarded on a
quarterly basis. Applications must be received by July 16, 2010 for
consideration for award under Fiscal Year 2010 and September 30, 2010 for
consideration for award for funds available in Fiscal Year 2010, but not

Applications and forms may be obtained from any Rural Development State
Office. Applicants must submit an original complete application to the USDA
Rural Development National Office and provide a copy of the application
package to the USDA Rural Development State Office in the state where the
applicant’s project is located. To learn more visit **.

*Michigan Office*

USDA Rural Development State Office, 3001 Coolidge Road, Suite 200, East
Lansing, MI 48823, (517) 324–5190/TDD (517) 324–5169.

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