This week, USDA Rural Development New Mexico Director Terry Brunner will present a certificate of obligation and congratulate the owners of Pollo Real an organic pastured poultry operation located in Socorro, New Mexico for their successful application of funds through the Value Added Producer Grant Program (VAPG).
The presentation to Pollo Real is being made to highlight USDA Rural Development’s financial support to create additional economic and job opportunities by helping owners of small and medium-sized family farms sell their products in local and regional markets.
The VAPG provides financial support for planning activities and for working capital for marketing value-added agricultural products and for farm-based renewable energy. Eligible applicants are independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives, agricultural producer groups, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures.
Pollo Real will use its $49,500 Value Added Producer Grant to increase its flock of organically grown chicken thereby increasing its market base. Pollo Real plans on adding more customers by opening additional markets. Because of the expected business growth the poultry company will create additional jobs-- from farm production workers to sales persons.