Champlain Orchards in Shoreham featured on national USDA video

first_imgUSDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). Champlain Orchards Inc,Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan tasted some of the best local food products in the US in a new USDA video promoting the Value Added Producer Grant Program. Among those products was Apple Cider Syrup from Vermont. The program is undergoing some changes and USDA is getting out the word.The proposed changes to this already well-utilized USDA program are designed to streamline the application process, expand eligibility and ultimately get these quality local products to market effectively and efficiently.‘This program creates opportunity for farmers, producers and cooperatives to enhance product development and marketing with the goal of increased sales,’ said Molly Lambert, State Director for Vermont and New Hampshire USDA Rural Development.The changes to the Value Added Producer Grant program take effect on March 25, 2011.  In addition to the rule changes, USDA Rural Development is soliciting comments on the interim rule.  For information on how to submit comments, see page 10090 of the February 23, 2011 Federal Register.  http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2011-3036.pdf(link is external)Champlain Orchards, in Shoreham, VT grows several types of apples and one of their newest products is Apple Cider Syrup featured in the USDA Video announcing the VAPG program changes.  In July 2010, they received a Working Capital Value Added Producer Grant to market their new products. Their web link is www.champlainorchards.com(link is external)To watch the video featuring Deputy Secretary Merrigan, click on the following link: USDA Video: http://blogs.usda.gov/2011/02/23/deputy-agriculture-secretary-announces-…(link is external)USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure, and facility programs through a national network of 6,100 employees located in 500 state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $142 billion in grants, loans and loan guarantees.#last_img

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