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Applications Open for Small, Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grant Program

For fiscal year 2012, approximately $3 million in grants are available through USDA Rural Development's (SSDPG). Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced yesterday that USDA is now accepting grant applications to this program, which was authorized in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill). The program is designed to assist small, socially disadvantaged agricultural producers and cooperatives in rural areas to spur job creation.