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  Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding To Assist Agricultural Producers and Cooperatives Across the Country
  Rural Enterprises from Maine to California Benefit from Business Assistance Grants
 

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2010 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today during the National Summit of Rural America that USDA has selected recipients in 45 states and Puerto Rico to receive business development assistance and pursue marketing opportunities for agricultural commodities. Funding is made available through USDA Rural Development assistance under the Value-Added Producer Grant program, which was authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill.

"As part of the Obama administration's work to turn the economy around, USDA is acting as an important catalyst for business development and job creation in rural America," Vilsack said. "These grants will improve financial returns and help create jobs for agricultural producers, businesses and families across the Nation. USDA is investing in farmers, ranchers and cooperatives to strengthen the economic foundation of rural America."

For example, in Altoona, Wis., the Producers & Buyers Co-op has been selected to receive a working capital grant to build a value-added food chain infrastructure, expand capacity for locally produced agricultural products and help develop markets. The Co-op links local, sustainable farms with institutional buyers in a 12-county area of West Central Wisconsin. Members include producers, institutional buyers, food processors and those from the private transportation system.

In Reardon, Wash., Columbia Plateau Producers, LLC, which is owned by 21 wheat-producing families in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, has been selected to receive a working capital grant to expand the marketing capacity of the organization. All farmers in the cooperative are committed to no-till farming which saves fuel, prevents soil erosion and limits water runoff. The wheat produced is milled into high quality flour, marketed to bakeries, food manufacturers, and flour marketers in the Pacific Northwest under the "Shepherd's Grain" brand.

Meanwhile, the Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, LLC in Champaign, Ill., has been selected to receive a grant to complete a feasibility study, market assessment and business plan for an on-farm, goat-milk-to-gelato operation. The firm is diversifying into areas including perennial fruit trees and berry production; goat pastures; hayfields and prairie. The Creamery emphasizes a forage-based diet — of seasonal and diverse pastures and locally grown alfalfa and grass hay — for its herd of Nubian and La Mancha dairy goats.

The Value-Added Producer Grants announced today total more than $22.5 million. Funds may be used for feasibility studies or business plans, working capital for marketing value-added agricultural products and for farm-based renewable energy projects. Eligible applicants include independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives, and agricultural producer groups. Value-added products are created when a producer increases the consumer value of an agricultural commodity in the production or processing stage.

A list of recipients receiving grants is shown below. Funding of individual recipients is contingent upon their meeting the conditions of the grant agreement.

Alabama

  • Margaret Mazikowski; $20,025
  • Boutwell Farms, LLC; $100,000
  • Elgin Johnson and Yawah Awolowo; $50,000

Alaska

  • Sitkinak Cattle Ranch; $131,749

Arkansas

  • Alter Farm; $36,000
  • Grand Prarie Biofuels LLC; $98,500

California

  • San Miguel Produce, Inc.; $299,874
  • Daniel VanderDussen; $49,000
  • Pleasants Valley Iris Farm; $15,000
  • Cal/West Seeds; $149,830
  • Toluma Farms; $150,000
  • Fiscalini Property, L.P.; $50,000
  • Fortezza Vineyards; $74,900
  • Monterey Wine Growers Council; $276,084
  • Sunsweet Growers; $300,000
  • Livermore Valley Wine Growers; $25,000
  • Sonoma County Vintners; $299,638
  • Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association; $49,000
  • Top O' the Mron Farms; $50,000

Colorado

  • Avalanche Cheese Company, LLC; $82,000
  • Daniel Hobbs; $50,000
  • Rio Culebra Agricultural Cooperative; $149,000
  • Ute Mountain Ute Farm & Ranch; $97,924
  • JBC Agri. Management LLC; $300,000
  • Harvesting True Growth; $28,250

Connecticut

  • The Freund's Farm, Inc.; $295,000
  • CCC Feeds and Farm Supply; $39,000

Florida

  • Cherry Lake Tree Farm, Inc.; $300,000
  • Bethel Farms LLP; $300,000
  • Southeast Milk Inc.; $150,000
  • North Florida Natural Black Angus; $197,560
  • Straughn Farms, LLC; $36,500

Georgia

  • Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Winery; $246,225
  • Brown'S Old Elberta Botique Micro-Distillery; $20,000
  • Mark A. Glass Enterprises, Inc.; $300,000
  • Connie & James HaYes; $20,000
  • Thompson Farms; $300,000
  • Southern Swiss Dairy; $122,920
  • Hillside Orchard Farms, Inc.; $300,000

Idaho

  • Wood River Natural Foods; $9,441
  • Snake River Seed, Inc.; $49,211
  • Weiser River Signature Beef, LLC; $87,468
  • Organic Acres $140,200;
  • North America Alpaca Fiber Producers; $68,950

Illinois

  • Prairie Fruits Farm, LLC; $10,320
  • Marcoot Jersey Farm, Inc.; $12,330
  • Kilgus Farmstead; $143,710
  • Willow Bend Alpaca Farms, LLC; $299,950
  • Mid-West Dairymen's Co.; $26,920

Indiana

  • Sheep Association, Inc.; $33,300
  • This Old Farm, Inc.; $289,200
  • Fleish Meats, LLC; $100,000
  • Maplewood Farms, LLC; $30,000
  • Brucker Cattle, LLC; $100,000

Iowa

  • Madison County Winery; $49,960
  • Plantpeddlar, Inc.; $139,650
  • Iowa GrapeVines Winery, LLC; $6,000
  • Grass Run Farm, Inc.; $209,724
  • Levi Lyle; $16,972
  • Michele & David Miller; $10,500
  • Wilrona, LLC dba Fireside Winery; $90,750
  • Green Visions, Inc.; $98,312
  • Juan O'Sullivan's Gourmet Salsa Co.; $119,444
  • Iowla, LLC; $300,000
  • Riceville Meats, LLC; $21,850
  • Timber Ridge Dairy; $32,000
  • Frisian Farms; $69,000

Kansas

  • Nu Life Market, LLC $293,124

Kentucky

  • Four Hills Farms - James Mansfield; $39,000
  • EQUUS Vineyards, LLC; $96,275
  • Foothills Products and Services, Inc.; $188,532

Louisiana

  • WesMar Farms; $20,000
  • Teche Valley Seafood; $24,286

Maine

  • Howling Hill; $3,962
  • Peter Bragdon; $26,751

Maryland

  • Seaberry Farm $64,000
  • Southern Maryland Wine Growers Cooperative; $59,379
  • Layton's Chance Vineyard and Winery, LLC; $90,614

Massachusetts

  • Decas Cranberry Products Inc.; $300,000
  • Rocky Mountain Wood Company, Inc.; $50,000

Michigan

  • Lindah Vineyards, Inc.; $7,400
  • Cooperative Elevator Company; $300,000
  • Leslie J. Weatherford - Fresh Salsa Express; $35,000
  • William Nutting; $48,250
  • Mark & Robin Falker; $125,000
  • Douglas Valley Organic Farm and Vineyard; $150,000
  • Sietsema Farms Feeds, LLC; $149,165

Minnesota

  • Pastures-a-Plenty Company; $17,500
  • Carlos Creek Winery; $280,000
  • Scenic Valley Farm; $48,900
  • Autumnwood Farm; $300,000
  • Callister Farm; $125,000

Mississippi

  • Arthur Leon Eaton; $45,000

Missouri

  • Green Dirt Farms; $130,000
  • Scattering Fork Wild Beef/"Worstell Farms; $98,500
  • Pleasant Hope Pork LLC; $290,000
  • Missouri Corn Merchandising Council; $99,500

Montana

  • J Bar L Grass Fed Beef; $30,000
  • Flathead Lake Organic Cheery Cooperative; $15,000
  • Montana Wagyu Cattle Company LLC; $49,990

Nebraska

  • Robert & Scott Garcia; $21,300
  • Aspire Vineyards; $22,256
  • James Arthur Vineyard; $8,580
  • Brett Nunnenkamp dba The Country Pumpkin; $86,150
  • NEDAK Ethanol, LLC; $300,000

New Hampshire

  • Miles Smith Farm; $64,950
  • Poverty Lane Orchards & Farnum Hill Ciders; $100,000
  • Paul Priestman; $15,000

New Jersey

  • Salem Oak Vineyards,LLC; $25,000
  • Peppadew Fresh LLC; $72,000

New Mexico

  • Milk and Honey; $12,500
  • Shepard's Lamb, LLC; $150,000
  • Red Willow Community Growers Cooperative; $42,000
  • Sunland Nursery; $113,000

New York

  • Monanfran Farm, Inc. dba Red Gate Farms; $17,000
  • Starr Nursery LLC; $97,000
  • Meadowood Farms of Cazenovia LLC; $28,467
  • Creating New Local Markets for Grass Fed Meats; $5,800
  • Northern Oneida County Hay Producers; $32,830

North Carolina

  • Bobcat Farms, LLC; $100,000
  • Golden Grove Candy Company; $24,000
  • American Prawn Cooperative, Inc; $197,250
  • Independent Small Animal Meat Processors of Western NC ; 99,710

North Dakota

  • North American Bison Cooperative; $50,000

Ohio

  • Etoia Rivera-Strohm; $70,000
  • Brandon Jaeger; $28,250
  • Lucky Penny Farm, LLC; $16,125

Oklahoma

  • Cattle Tracks, LLC; $50,500
  • Value Added products, Inc.; $25,000
  • Southern Plains Agricultural Resources Coalition (SPARC); $82,705

Oregon

  • Springbank Farm, LLC; $87,228
  • Evelyn and Daniel Carver - Imperial Stock Ranch; $300,000
  • Tasha's Inc. dba Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn; $147,760
  • Shepherd; $300,000
  • Maxson Enterprises; $15,000
  • Owyhee Produce, LLC; $300,000
  • Oregon Woodland Cooperative; $150,000
  • Zeneith Vineyard, LLC; $140,000
  • Oregon Coastal Flowers LLC; $150,000
  • Oregon Cheese Guild; $74,700

Pennsylvania

  • Briar Valley Vineyard and Winery, Inc; $148,862
  • The Greensgrow Philadelphia Project; $16,554
  • Thomas Shipley; $21,000
  • Cherry Valley Community Farm Inc.; $7,000
  • Borderland Vineyard; $27,875
  • Lovetwo Farm; $4,425

Puerto Rico

  • Jose L. Torres Olivencia; $250,000
  • Jimmy Roman; $150,000

Rhode Island

  • Farming Turtles, Inc.; $50,000

South Carolina

  • Williams Muscadine Vineyard, LLC; $21,000
  • Chalmers R. Carr, III; $77,000

South Dakota

  • Purity Seeds, LLC; $89,425
  • Biomass Working Group (c/o Doug D. Sombke Farm); $67,528

Tennessee

  • Value Added Southern Pork Steering Committee; $92,000

Texas

  • Green Gate Farms; $87,500
  • Rangeland Restoration & Improvement, LP; $250,000
  • Minze Agriculture Partnership; $25,000
  • Capstone Plants, Inc dba J Berry Nursery; $300,000

Utah

  • Cornaby's LLC; $192,623
  • Natural Choice LLC; $294,530
  • Renewable Commodities, LLC; $290,120

Vermont

  • Joe Buley Screamin' Ridge Farm Inc; $31,220
  • Cellars Carbon Labeling Co, Inc ; $90,232
  • Artesano, LLC ; $49,846
  • Bill Suhr dba Champlain Orchards; $146,959

Virginia

  • Croftburn Farm Meats; $149,800
  • Narmada Winery, LLC; $297,663
  • Gary E. Conner; $35,000
  • Mountain Rose Vineyards; $147,980
  • Chrysalis Vineyards; $65,000
  • Shenandoah Valley Beef Initiative; $46,500
  • Van der Hyde Dairy; $150,000

Washington

  • Crown S Ranch, LLC; $110,000
  • Red Mountain Viticulture, LLC dba LaCoye Vineyards; $120,000
  • AHG Related Properties; $300,000
  • Whidbey Island Meat Processing Steering Committee; $15,000
  • Wilcox Farms Inc.; $49,000
  • Columbia Plateau Producers, LLC; $300,000
  • Stemilt Growers; $50,000

Wisconsin

  • Driftless Organics; $40,820
  • Shephard Song Farm, LLC; $49,000
  • Springbrook Organic Dairy, LLC ; $26,000
  • Producers & Buyers Co-op; $54,659
  • Clear Springs Fish Company, LLC; $300,000
  • Six Rivers Producers Cooperative; $149,740
  • Flower/Therbs Berry Hill Farms; $300,000
  • Parallel 44 Wisconsin Wine; $300,000
  • Berkshire Hogs Superior Meats; $300,000
  • Klinger Farms; $300,000
  • Westby Cooperative Creamery; $150,000
  • Schmitt Timber Corporation; $197,134
  • Kruger Lumber Co.; $150,000
  • Bushman Riverside Ranch Inc.; $150,000

Wyoming

  • Wyoming Wheat Growers Association; $19,202

The Rural Summit is an opportunity for rural Americans to share their vision and ideas for creating a more prosperous and more promising future for rural America. Farmers, ranchers, and foresters from around the country, as well as policymakers from all levels of government and community leaders are discussing the key priorities and policies necessary to get rural America growing again.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of 6,100 employees located in the nation's capital and 500 state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $138 billion in loans and loan guarantees.

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