If you are trying to find the right USDA grant or loan program, this non-profit is here to help

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working to build opportunities in farm country amid ongoing hurdles facing the ag sector, but finding the right program can be a challenge. One group is working to make that process easier.

Paperwork, emails, posted bulletins, and press releases - the plethora of government information, even just from USDA - means some opportunities might get lost in the mix. The Flower Hill Institute is a native-led non-profit that works to connect those who can use the opportunities with the right USDA grant or loan program.

“We’re excited to work with processors, producers, farmers, and ranchers to help understand their business. We want to help grow their business, grow an existing business, or start a new business. We can work with them to help understand what their needs are and help evaluate what assistance is available that might fit them,” said Chris Roper.

The needs can vary from new processing facilities to community kitchens, workforce development, and more. Technical Assistance Director, Chris Roper says they have a nationwide, robust network of experts who can walk through the process to attain a USDA grant or loan, and the assistance comes at no charge.

“It’s free. USDA is contracted with several technical assistance providers across the United States. We have a robust network of TA providers from East to West, North to South. We work to fill those needs and match the producer with the right technical assistance provider, and it’s no cost to them.”

The application process can be lengthy, but productive. The technical team will need basic information to understand the project, and applicants will also need to have a business plan in mind. For more information on loan or grant programs available, click HERE.

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