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USDA Rural Development News Release

Posted by Samantha Lewis on September 05, 2014 at 4:03 PM

The USDA press release announcing recipients of USDA grants in Iowa. 

August 20, 2014

Six  Producers Awarded 2014 USDA Value Added Producer Grants in Iowa

Funding Supports Dairy Producers and Local and Regional Food Systems

Des Moines, Iowa, Aug 20, 2014 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack yesterday highlighted the importance of rural entrepreneurs to the U.S. economy and announced investments to help rural businesses grow, diversify and create jobs.

USDA Rural Development awarded a total of $434,410 in Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) to assist six rural Iowa producers and businesses. Nationwide, nearly 250 rural businesses received a total of $25 million in 2014 VAPG investments to help them grow, diversify and create jobs in rural America by turning raw commodities into value-added products, expanding marketing opportunities and developing new uses for existing products.

Read the complete press release, here: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/STELPRD4024453.html