Community Development News

Walking Taller in Rural America

When I tell people that I work for the Center for Rural Affairs, a frequent response goes something like this: "I've met Chuck Hassebrook, he's a pretty amazing guy. It must be great to work for someone like him."

Value-Added Agriculture Important to Sustainable Rural Development

The value-added grant program has been a great incentive for rural, farm/ranch-based entrepreneurs to take the first steps in creating new economic opportunities for their family and their community. The Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program originated in the 2002 farm bill and was continued in the 2008 farm bill. Nebraska, at least until recently, has been one of the largest recipients of VAPG dollars.

Since 2002, program grants have totaled about $150,800,000 distributed to farmers and ranchers across the country.


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