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Speak Up for Farmer Grant Program

September 6th, 2011 | 1 Comment | Posted in Announcement, news

The Senate Appropriations Committee just announced that they would vote on Wednesday whether or not to slash the Value-Added Producer Grant program. Please call Missouri Senator Roy Blunt to let him know you oppose cutting this program. This competitive grants program helps farmers develop new businesses, build markets, and increase profits. Such enterprises increase farm income, create new jobs, contribute to community and rural economic development, and enhance food choices for consumers.

“Thanks to our VAPG matching funds grant, our farm now employs 6 full time employees, processes 40 to 50 fresh lambs a week, is the largest lamb processing unit in Wisconsin, and has gone from $100/week to half a million in sales.” – Pinn-Oak Ridge Farms, LLC, WI

VAPG is a job-producing engine in rural communities across this nation, but unless Senator Blunt hears from you by THIS Tuesday, it could be slashed in the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill.  The House has already proposed cuts, and the Senate Appropriations Committee, of which Senator Blunt is a member, is voting on the bill Wednesday afternoon.

Will you stand up for family farmers and rural communities?

It just takes a minute to call your Senator’s office. Call Senator Blunt’s office at (202) 224-5721.

The message is simple: I am a constituent, asking the Senator to support funding of $30 million for the Value-Added Producer Grant Program in fiscal year 2012. VAPG helps small and midsized farms develop new businesses and markets that build farm income, new jobs, and better and fresher food choices for consumers.

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One Response to “Speak Up for Farmer Grant Program”

  1. Bruce Says:

    I was surprised when a real person answered the phone. The young man took my message and said he would pass it along to him. He only asked for my zip code.

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