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Taking Agriculture to the Next Level

Are you interested in taking your farm operation to the next level? Have you thought about starting a microbrewery or vineyard? The Nebraska Value Added Ag Grant is the perfect program to do so. According to the application, “This grant program supports the collaborative development of farming and ranching; the start-up and growth of value-added agricultural enterprises; and growth of rural communities and regions.”

I know of a few vineyards in Nebraska that used this program to get a leg up or expand their operations. It’s also a really great resource for the development of ag-based entrepreneurial enterprises and local foods efforts. The 2011 application is now available on the Nebraska Rural Development Commission website —  www.ruralnebraska.info The pre-application deadline is March 18 and the final application is due by noon on April 7, 2011. You can download the application directly here (.doc).

One final thought and an important one: this program will likely be gone after this year if those changes I’ve been talking about happen to state economic development programs. So get on it and grow that next value added ag business!

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