The Fate of a USDA Program That Helps Small Farms Survive Is Uncertain

A USDA study found businesses that received VAPG grants were significantly more likely to succeed compared to similar businesses that did not, and created more jobs. As US farmers face unique economic challenges, the VAPG program may be discontinued.

The Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG), demonstrated to aid farmers grow their business and create new jobs, may be eliminated in the new U.S. Farm Bill.