4-12-2016 Value-Added Grant Application Workshop

(Submitted by Christie Welch, Program Specialist, Direct Agricultural Marketing, OSU South Centers)

The Value Added Grant Application window will be announced soon. In anticipation of your Value Added Grant Application submission, workshops have been schedule to assist you. The final workshop is scheduled for:

April 12 at 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
USDA Rural Development Office
7868 C. R. 140, Suite D
Findlay, Ohio

You can find more information about the program here. Or email Debbie Rausch, Business Program Specialist, USDA Rural Development at Deborah.Rausch@oh.usda.gov to make sure there are enough materials for all who plan to participate.

3-29-2016 USDA VAPG Workshop

(Submitted by Hannah Scott, Manager, Ohio Cooperative Development Center, OSU South Centers)

USDA Rural Development will be sharing information about the Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program at the OSU South Centers on March 29th from 1-3p.m. The workshop will be in the Endeavor Center, Room 165 located at 1862 Shyville Rd., Piketon, Ohio 45661.

VAPG “helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based, value-added products.” You can find more information about the program here.

Please share this information with producers who may want to learn more about VAPG!

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(Screenshot of USDA Programs website above.)

Agri-Talk – Chris Smalley, Business Development Specialist, SBDC

(Submitted by Patrick Dengel, Business Development Specialist, Small Business Development Center and Adjunct Instructor, University of Rio Grande MBA Program/OSU South Centers Collaboration, OSU South Centers)

Published on YouTube
on July 16, 2015

Duane, Mike, and Chris discuss the business of agriculture and assistance available to all businesses. Chris has extensive personal and professional business experience, and shares business resources available to businesses.

Guest:
Chris Smalley, Business Development Specialist, Small Business Development Center of Ohio State University South Centers.

Hosts:
Mike Thompson, Director of Instructional Design & Media Services at the University of Rio Grande and Duane Rigsby, Technology Coordinator of Ohio State University South Centers.

South Centers Chat-Don Branson, Southern Ohio Agriculture and Community Development Foundation

(Submitted by Patrick Dengel, Business Development Specialist, Small Business Development Center and Adjunct Instructor, University of Rio Grande MBA Program/OSU South Centers Collaboration, OSU South Centers)

Published on YouTube
on November 18, 2015

Tom Worley and Don Branson’s discussion focuses on the Southern Ohio Agriculture and Community Development Foundation’s (SOACDF) mission to help create and enhance economic opportunities for Ohio tobacco farm families and rural communities. Don highlights three main areas including: agricultural development, economic development, and educational assistance.

Guest:
Don Branson, Executive Director, Southern Ohio Agriculture and Community Development Foundation.

Host:
Dr. Tom Worley, Director, Ohio State University South Centers.