United States Department of Agriculture • Rural Development
441 S. Salina Street • 5 Floor • Suite 357 • Syracuse, NY 13202-2425
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Tim Jones (315) 477-6436
USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT HOLDING RENEWABLE ENERGY AND VALUE
ADDED GRANT WORKSHOP IN RIVERHEAD ON JANUARY 21
SYRACUSE, N.Y., January 5, 2009 – Farmers and rural small business operators
interested in renewable energy and value-added projects should attend a grant workshop
sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development agency on Wednesday,
Jan. 21. The workshop is being held at the Suffolk County Cornell Cooperative Extension office
at 246 Griffing Avenue in Riverhead from 10 a.m. to noon.
USDA Rural Development’s Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) provides
grants and loan guarantees to farmers and rural small businesses to purchase and install
renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. Eligible projects include
biomass, wind, solar, geothermal and hydrogen; energy efficiency projects reduce energy usage
in existing buildings and processes. Last year, 16 New York projects received more than $1.6
million through the program.
The Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program assists agriculture producers in
developing and implementing business plans for value-added activities. Value-added activities
are projects that create additional revenue from existing crops and other production. Examples
include the processing of raw commodities to a finished product – such as apples to apple butter
or milk to ice cream – and the direct marketing of farm crops. Awards may be made for planning
activities or for working capital expenses, but not for both. Applicants must provide matching
funds at least equal to the amount of the grant requested. In 2008, three New York projects
received $342,000 in program grants.
Contact the Middletown office at (845) 343-1872, ext. 4 for more information or visit
USDA's web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ny.
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