NEWS RELEASE Committed to the future of rural communities . United States Department of Agriculture • Rural Development 375 Jackson St. • Suite 410 • St. Paul, Minn. 55101 Phone: (651) 602-7800 • Fax: (651) 602-7826 • Web: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mn Contact: Adam Czech, Public Information Coordinator Phone: (651) 602-7799 (office); (320) 309-1160 (cell) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE USDA Rural Development Awards $71,700 Grant to Glacial Ridge Winery in Spicer Grant comes through Value-Added Producer Grant Program SPICER, Minn., Nov. 5 – Glacial Ridge Winery in Spicer opened in August of 2007 and is one of Minnesota’s newest wineries. Its mission is to make high quality wines from apples, grapes and rhubarb and to increase tourism in the Spicer area. Rural Development in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently awarded a $71,700 Value-Added Producer Grant to the winery to help them market their products and reach their goals. Agriculture officials and community members visited the winery today to officially award the grant and tour the operation. “This really is a unique venture,” said Steve Wenzel, State Director of Rural Development in Minnesota. “Rural Development’s portfolio of programs is designed to assist businesses like Glacial Ridge, as well as support rural communities through financing housing, community facilities, renewable energy and other infrastructure.” Glacial Ridge was started by Ron and Kimberly Wothe. The couple will produce over 3,000 gallons of high quality wine each year and created two full-time, three part-time and two seasonal jobs with the business. Rural Development Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) may be used for planning activities or to provide working capital to market value-added agricultural products and farm-based renewable energy projects. Minnesota was awarded over $2.6 million in VAPGs this year and has received over $12 million since 2001. USDA Rural Development finances a variety of projects in rural areas, including housing, community facilities, utilities, telecommunications, economic development and other infrastructure projects. For more information, call the local office in Waite Park at (320) 2559111 or visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/mn. - End - “USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.” th To file a complaint of discrimination write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14 and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD).