Wyoming residents will have access to USDA grants

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GOSHEN COUNTY, Wyo. - (KNEP) - Agricultural producers and small rural businesses in Wyoming have until March to apply for grants through USDA.

The USDA announced Monday they will make $37 million dollars in grants available under the Value-Added Producer Grant program to help farmers, ranchers and producer based businesses. The goal is to develop new products from raw agricultural products or promote new markets for established products.

Veterans, socially-disadvantaged groups, beginning farmers and ranchers, operators of small and medium-sized family farms and ranches, and farmer and rancher cooperatives are given special priority.

Electronic applications at grants.gov must be in by Midnight eastern on March 5th, 2020 with paper applications due at the nearest USDA office by March 10th.

The program helps producers eliminate the marketing middle-man and enhances the ability to develop retail consumer products from the stocj and crops they raise.

You can contact Jessica Taylor (307) 683-4188, Jessica.Taylor@usda.gov or Scott Sutherland (307) 233-6706, Scott.Sutherland2@usda.gov for more information.