H.R.5764 - Growing Value-Added Economies Act115th Congress (2017-2018)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM-3] (Introduced 05/10/2018)|
|Committees:||House - Agriculture|
|Latest Action:||House - 06/22/2018 Referred to the Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.5764 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
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.