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USDA Value Added Producer Grant Deadline Extended
The Value Added Producer Grant deadline of 2/24/2014 will be extended. National Office has just informed Nebraska Rural Development that the grant deadline will be extended to accommodate some of the changes in the 2014 farm bill. The due date for the applications is not known at this time and could be a 2 to 3 week extension. We are informing you now to let you know that the date for applications is being changed. As more information is provided, Rural Development will send out notification of the new date. Please contact the specialist in your area if you have not heard from us on the new date. If your grant is ready to submit and would like to have it reviewed by one of our business specialist please contact the specialist closest to you. We will review the grant and provide you feedback on your application. Please call us or email us with any questions.
USDA Value Added Producer Grant Webinar
NCDC is hosting a second webinar for information on the 2014 USDA Value Added Producer Grant!! This webinar will lead you through the application process and filling out the required formsJoan Scheel of USDA Rural Development in Lincoln will present a webinar on Filling Out the Required Forms for VAPG and answer any questions regarding the VAPG application process. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, March 11th, at noon. We will have the webinar open after 1:00 p.m. to facilitate any questions that may be generated. The presentation will be recorded, so you can go back and listen again.
Here is the Link to enter the meeting on March 11th:https://connect.unl.edu/r3fpkgv1rf5/
BFBLN "How Can I Continue to Be Better" Workshop
March 8th, 12:30-4:30pm
Kearney Public Library, 2020 1st Ave.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Buy Fresh Buy Local® Nebraska (BFBLN) in partnership with the UNL Nebraska Cooperative Development Center, will provide educational workshops and trainings to assist specialty crop growers in Nebraska. The purpose of the workshops are to not only provide knowledge but also change marketing and business management behaviors to sustain a successful, profitable business. BFBLN will strengthen the specialty crops grower businesses in Nebraska by offering presentations that focus on three areas: “Business & Enterprise Planning and Financing”,” “Food Safety for Direct-to-Consumer Markets” and “Marketing & Promotion Utilizing Social Media”. The workshops are open to anyone, but the focus and topics geared toward specially crops growers. Specialty crops are defined as "fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture and Christmas trees." It matters not if you are just starting out as a young specialty crop grower or have some years of experience under your belt, these workshops can help you expand your skill set and gain practical knowledge!
Please register by Friday, March 7th so we will have an accurate number of workbooks available. There is a $10.00 registration fee for the workshop and payable on day of workshop.