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3 14-2011 usda outreach conference

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

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