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Federal Grant Gives CO Ag Producers Chance to Make Something Extra

May 3, 2007

Homegrown biodiesel, ready-to-eat dinners, cheese and even wind power are all produced in Colorado thanks to a little help from a federal grant. Mike Heavrin with the Center for Rural Affairs says this year's May 16 deadline for the USDA's "value-added grant" is fast approaching.

“We definitely want to get producers, ranchers and farmers some funding to get their ideas funded and off the ground. That's what makes the world go round.”

The grants are meant to help agriculture producers find new ways to make more money from their land and raw crops. Heavrin notes that they can pay for just about anything that gets a new idea going.

“[It covers things] such as inventory, salaries, and transportation expenses. It would even include processing expenses, such as packaging, labeling, and the whole thing.”

Heavrin adds that the grants are also meant to breathe some new life into rural communities. In previous years, Colorado producers have received well over a million dollars for their projects.

“Anyone who has an idea that would add value to things that you grow on your farm, or raise on your farm, would be eligible.”

Heavrin encourages producers to be creative. More information and applications at

Eric Mack, Public News Service - CO