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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015 9 Deming winery benefits fr,00 USDA program, money available for new projects Submitted by USDAIWashington, DC Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week announced that USDA is making $30 million available to farmers, ranchers and food entrepreneurs to develop new product lines. Funding will be made available through USDA's Value-Added Pro- ducer Grant (VAPG) program. "Farmers and ranchers are cre- ative people who, with a little help, can put that cre- ativity to work and improve the bot- tom line for their operations," Vilsack said. "Value-Added Pro- ducer Grants enable them to de- velop new product lines to grow their businesses and expand their contributions to our nation's economy. This support is espe- cially important for beginning farmers, military veterans engag- ing in farming and smaller farm operations participating in the local and regional food system." USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner added, "This program has had great success here in New Mexico by helping numerous businesses grow over the years." Brunner added, "New Mexico Wineries in Deming is an example of one business we've helped with funds to help them with marketing a new line of Hatch chile-infused wine." More information on how to apply is on page 26528 of the May 8 Federal Register. The deadline to submit paper appli- cations is July 7. Electronic ap- plications submitted through are due July 2. Also, information can be obtained by calling the New Mexico Rural Development Business Program office at: 505-761-4956. VAPG grants can be used to develop new product lines from raw agricultural products or ad- ditional uses for already devel- oped product lines. Military vet- erans, socially disadvantaged, and beginning farmers and ranch- ers; operators of small- and me- dium-sized family farms and ranches; farmer and rancher co- operatives; and applicants that propose mid-tier value chain RIFLES PISTOLS ATI OMNI AR-15 223 $580 REMINGTON 770 STAINLESS STEEL 243 W SCO2E $360 BUSHMASTER AR-15 223 $615 SAVAGE AXiS CAMO &'/SCOPE 22-250 CAL $470 S&W M&P 15.22 w/SLiDEFIRE STOC}'{ & CMC TRIGGER $850 SA,;GE AXIS 306 WiTH SCOSE & CAMMO STOCK $450 AK47 SPORTER S625 MOSSBERG MAVERICK 20 GA SHOTGUN W'26" BARREL &5 F:S 40 S51f, SAVAGE AX!S 243 $350 M1A1 CARBINE 22 $290 MARLIN S/S 22 $330 RUGER t0-22 W/LASER 8325 TRADITIONSVORTEC 50CAL S590 MOSSBERG MVP BOLT ACTION 308 LAMINATED WOOD STOCK %80 MOSSBERG 20 GAPUMP (YOUTH} $375 MOSSBERG 12 GA PUMP (WOOD STOCK) $390 projects are given special prior- ity in applying for VAPGs. Addi- tional priority is given to group applicants who seek funding for projects that "best contribute" to creating or increasing marketing opportunities for these type of operators. Since 2009, USDA has awarded 853 Value-Added Pro- ducer Grants totaling $104.5 mil- lion. Approximately 19 percent of the grants and 13 percent of total funding has been awarded to beginning farmers and ranch- ers. During the 2013-2014 fund- ing cycle, nearly half of VAPG awards went to farmers and ranch- ers developing products for the local food sector. Value-Added Producer Grants are a key element of the USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative, which coordinates the Department's work on local and regional food systems. Secretary Vilsack has Maye/a Pena Natasha McCants Jea sz Lauren Bednor z identified local and regional food systems as one of the four pillars of rural economic development. Congress increased funding for the VAPG program when it passed the 2014 Farm Bill. That law builds on his- toric economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful re- form and billions of dollars in sav- ings for taxpay- ers. Since the bill's enactment, USDA has made significant progress to imple- ment each provi- sion of this criti- cal legislation, including ex- panding access to rural credit, developing new markets for ru- ral-made products, and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help im- prove the quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit President Obama's historic investments in rural America have made our rural communities stronger. Under his leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empow- ered rural America to continue leading the way - strengthening America's economy, small towns find rural communities. Holly Freeman Dallas Pompeo Tobosa Belles award two 2015 scholarships Courtesy submission Each year the Tobosa Belles awards two $500 scholarships to students that are Hidalgo County residents planning on pursuing continuing education and a career in agriculture. This year's recipi- ents are Dallas Pompeo and Holly Freeman of Animas. Both recipi- ents were very active in basketball, volleyball, track, mock trial, 4H and FFA. Dallas plans on attending NMSU and majoring in Agricul- ture and Extension Education, with hopes of becoming either a County Extension Agent or an Agriculture Teacher. Holly plans on attending West Texas A & M and majoring in Pre-Veterinary Science, with hopes of becoming a Veterinarian. Good luck to you both in all your future goals ! CONGRATU00 T ler 00YGarcia On your 8th grade promotion i We ate right next to Love's Truck Stop 7" i IF your day! ove ya. Grandma CERTIFIED GUN DEALER We do transfers! 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