Finding new innovations for agricultural products is a top priority to help drive up demand for our products. However, these innovations don’t come free or even cheaply. The USDA offers the Value-Added Producer Grant Program (VAPG) to help offset some of these costs for producers. There is a call for more funding to be added to the program.
Senator Grassley joined with a bipartisan group of Senators to send a letter to the Senate and the House Agriculture Appropriations Committee to secure more funding for the VAPG. He partnered with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
Back in 2000, Senator Grassley helped create the program which has been reauthorized in the 2018 Farm Bill.
Grassley says the funding provided in the latest Farm Bill falls well short of what is needed.
Grassley says the situation that the Ag economy is in now, shows the need for this program is even greater.