CUMBERLAND VALLEY, PA (November 23, 2016) - USDA Value-Added Producer Grants provide funds for economic planning activities or eligible working capital expenses to enable viable agricultural producers to develop businesses that produce and market value-added agricultural products and to create marketing opportunities for such businesses.
- 5 out of the 16 grants awarded in PA are for Cumberland County Projects
- These projects tie directly back to CAEDC’s focus on growing and expanding agri-business in Cumberland County laid out in the Strategic Economic Development Plan
- CAEDC directed partners to the grant program and/or wrote a letter of support for Eleven Oaks, The Winery at Long Shot Farm, Toigo Orchards and Warrington Farm Meats
USDA Area Specialist Rob Lane stated “We have a great working relationship with CAEDC and CAEDC helped to publicize the Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program to Cumberland County agricultural businesses, with several of those businesses being approved for a VAPG grant. CAEDC has been a great partner with USDA in helping assist rural Pennsylvania businesses”.
CUMBERLAND COUNTY PROJECTS:
ELEVEN OAKS FARMS LLC (Newville) – $250,000
To provide professional media, marketing and social media; direct sales and customer service/fulfillment for the custom beef processing
Eleven Oakes Farms will be hosting an event celebrating their grant next Tuesday, November 29th at 11:00 AM (65 Frytown Road, Newville, PA 17241). USDA Rural Development State Director Thomas Williams and Federal, State and Local officials will be there for a special ceremony.
THE WINERY AT THE LONG SHOT FARM LLC (Carlisle) – $47,550
To finish and bottle wine, which is produced primarily from grapes and blackberries grown at the Long Shot Farm
TOIGO ORCHARDS (Shippensburg) – $250,000
To pay labor and marketing costs to increase the volume of produce sold by Toigo Orchards at existing farmers markets, expand into new markets, and increase distribution of locally grown produce to wholesalers, retailers, and distributors in PA, MD, VA, and DC
WARRINGTON FARM MEATS (Carlisle & Dillsburg) – Amount TBD
To pay for packaging, new labels, marketing and advertising
SUNNY BRAE HOPS (Carlisle) – $31,198
To purchase processing supplies, packaging materials, and marketing items to produce and sell local pelletized hops to craft breweries and homebrewers