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Seminar on added-value grants to be held Jan. 23 in Frederick

January 17, 2006

ANNAPOLIS - State Secretary of Agriculture Lewis R. Riley and Marlene B. Elliott, director of the USDA Rural Development Office for Delaware and Maryland, are hosting seminars on the availability of funding for value-added producer grants and renewable energy grants.

The seminars, targeted to agricultural producers and related ag business ventures, will be held in Frederick, Md., and three places farther east.

Admission is free.

The area meeting will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, in the Monocacy Room at the Frederick County Office of Economic Development, 5340 Spectrum Drive, Frederick.

Directions to the meeting are available at www.discoverfrederickmd.com/contact/driving-directions.cfm.

For more information, contact Colby Ferguson at 301-631-3037.

Value-added grants may be used for planning activities or working capital for marketing value-added agricultural products and for farm-based renewable energy.

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Eligible applicants are independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives, agricultural producer groups and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures. Proposals are due March 31.

Details are available at www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/coops/vadg.htm.

Proposals for farm-based renewable energy and energy efficiency grants are due March 2 and June 5. Additional information can be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/farmbill/what_is.html.

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