Summary: H.R.5764 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.5764. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (05/10/2018)

Growing Value-Added Economies Act

This bill amends the Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000 to reauthorize and modify the Department of Agriculture (USDA) Value-Added Producer Grants Program. (The program provides grants for the development and marketing of value-added agricultural products, which are products that have increased in value due to processing.)

The bill modifies the program to require USDA to:

  • establish independent external review panels to review and evaluate each eligible application based on merit and relevance,
  • develop and implement an outreach and technical assistance strategy, and
  • provide for periodic evaluations that measure the impact of the program and the impact of projects on achieving the purposes of the program.

The bill also: (1) provides mandatory funding for the program; and (2) prohibits more than 5% of the total annual funding for the program from being used for administrative expenses, program evaluation, outreach, and technical assistance.