Tri River Area CSU Extension - To provide information, education and to encourage the application of research-based knowledge to the communities of Delta, Mesa, Montrose, and Ouray Counties.

USDA Value Added Producer Grant

The Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and marketing of new products. The goals of this program are to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income. You may receive priority if you are a beginning farmer or rancher, a socially-disadvantaged farmer or rancher, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer or rancher cooperative or are proposing a mid-tier value chain.

Maximum grant amount: Planning Grants $75,000; Working Capital Grants: $250,000.

Matching funds requirement: 50 percent of total project costs.

Application deadline: March 10, 2020. See application information here.

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COVID-19 Impact

The Mesa, Delta and Montrose/Ouray offices are currently closed due to precautionary measures related to COVID-19 (coronavirus). In-person Extension programming has been cancelled statewide through at least May 17th. We are still available to you, primarily by phone and email. See the Contact Us page to reach out to an Agent or click the link below for more information. Thank you.