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ID Farmers Can Boost Profits with a "Little Something Extra"

May 1, 2007


Idaho farmers can make more money by adding something a little extra to production, such as a wind farm, pick-your-own crops, and corn mazes. A federal grant can help them get new operations up and running. Mike Heavrin with the Center for Rural Affairs says the USDA's "Value Added Grant" helps agricultural producers and can breathe new life into rural economies.

“In a lot of cases, it's going to add jobs to the community. The money is going to spent in the local community on Main Street, and that's going to benefit small towns.”

Heavrin says the USDA likes to see creativity, so any farmer or rancher with an idea that could make more money should apply. Idaho grant winners in the past have explored turning chicken manure into electricity and selling natural pork direct to consumers.

He adds that grant money is available to help set up the basics for producing finished products for consumers, instead of just raw crops.

“[It helps cover things] like inventory, salaries, transportation expenses, and it would include processing expenses, such as packaging, labeling, the whole thing.”

More information and applications at www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/coops/vadg.htm. Applications must be received by May 16.

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - ID