Ag secretary visiting New Hampshire farm

8/19/2014 4:45 AM
By Associated Press

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is coming to New Hampshire to visit a farm that's one of 250 in the country getting a grant aimed at turning commodities into value-added products.

The Miles Smith Farm in Loudon is getting a grant to produce and market local burgers. The 36-acre farm raises grass-fed beef.

The 250 farms are getting a total of $25 million in grants. The program was developed to help farmers generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase income. The funds being announced were authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill. The 2014 Farm Bill increases the amount.

Vilsack is scheduled to be at the farm at 2 p.m. Tuesday with New Hampshire Agriculture Commissioner Lorraine Merrill and others.

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