Will help with marketing, creating new products
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2014) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced five Kentucky agribusinesses will be awarded $412,846 for the USDA Value Added Producer Grants (VAPG): Equus Run Winery, Hill and Hollow Farm, Lazy Eight Stock Farm, Need More Acres Farm, and Reid’s Orchard.
The VAPG awards help agricultural producers increase their income by expanding marketing opportunities, creating new products or developing new uses for existing products. The grants are designed to have a far-reaching impact by supporting local and regional food systems and financing the distribution of local and regional products.
Kentucky’s grant recipients will use the funds to expand their businesses and create economic growth in the rural communities where they are located. This year’s recipients are receiving grant funds for an array of projects across Kentucky.
Equus Run Vineyards in Midway will use the funds to expand the marketing area of its Kentucky branded fruit beverages. Lazy Eight Stock Farm, LLC in Berea plans to expand the market for Kentucky grown certified organic produce. Hill and Hollow Farm in Metcalfe County will add value to raw fleece by producing organic natural yarn and wool roving, including using their own organic indigo and goldenrod dyes. Need More Acres Farm, LLC in Bowling Green will use the funds to expand the customer base and introduce new value-added products. Reid’s Orchard, a 140 year old family farm in Owensboro, will expand the marketing area of its products.