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  • 1. USDA Outreach Conference March 14, 2011 USDA Programs have impacted our Community
  • 2. The Highland Center
    • Catalyst for Community and Economic Development
    • We’re all about creating bringing people together and making projects happen!
  • 3. USDA involvement since 1998
    • Projects USDA has supported
  • 4. 1998 – 1 st Program – Farmers’ Market RBEG
  • 5. Commercial (shared-use) Kitchen RBEG
  • 6. Lamb & Wool Feasibility Study 2003 Value-Added Producer Grant
  • 7. Shiny New Roof Community Facilities grant
  • 8. Incredible Pavilion for Farmers’ Market RBEG Day of our Pavilion Dedication – July 2007
  • 9. Alleghany Highlands Agricultural Center
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  • 10. Alleghany Highlands Agricultural Center - Supporting our farming communities Project History
      • Genesis of project was a USDA Value-Added Producer Grant Feasibility Study by
      • Mad Maggie Farm - 2004
    Highland-Bath Cattle Association Highland County Sheep and Wool Producers Association
      • Steering Committee formed consisting of representatives from The Highland Center, Virginia Cooperative Extension (Highland-Bath), and local agricultural producer organizations
  • 11. February 2006 Producer Meeting - Food and Livestock Planning, Inc. Presentation
  • 12. Expanding Opportunities for our Farming Communities
    • USDA Inspected Slaughter and Processing
      • Custom cuts for sale directly to consumers
      • For home consumption
    • Value Added Capabilities
    • Custom slaughter & hang time
    • Boning
    • Portion Cuts
    • Grinding
    • Further Processing
      • Jerky
      • Sausage
      • Smoking
  • 13. Expanding Opportunities for our Farming Communities (cont’d) Processing of Deer for Hunters   Assistance with Live Animal Marketing   Space for Agricultural Community Meetings and Training     Alleghany Highlands Agricultural Center business philosophy: Provide dependable local service to farmers and helping connect them to consumers
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  • 18. Alleghany Highlands Agricultural Center Rural Economic Development Loan Fund
  • 19. Alleghany Highlands Agricultural Center - Supporting our farming communities Construct Building
      • ACS Design hired to develop site plan/Architectural Design Services to design facility
    • $40,000 grant from Virginia Foundation for Agricultural Innovation & Rural Sustainability (FAIRS) to assist engineering/design and legal costs
  • 20.  
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    • FOR OUR REGION
    • Formed LLC
    • $1 million private placement investment drive
    • 200 shares
    • 93 investors from 6 different states
    • Economic Impact for our Community
    • $1.5 million project investment serving 2 states – Virginia & West Virginia
      • 4 counties – Bath, Highland, Pendleton and Pocahontas
      • Ag Center project will create 4-5 jobs paying livable wages
      • Creates new marketing opportunities for our agricultural producer!