This program, offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development, provides grants to independent producers, agricultural producer groups, farmer- or rancher-cooperatives, or majority-controlled producer-based business ventures, to help them enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of new products. Grant and matching funds can be used for planning activities or for working capital expenses related to producing and marketing a value-added agricultural product. Examples of planning activities include conducting feasibility studies and developing business plans for processing and marketing the proposed value-added product. Examples of working capital expenses include processing costs, marketing and advertising expenses, and some inventory and salary expenses. Read more about the Value Added Producer Grant Program.