The purpose of this section is to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a demonstration program under which agricultural producers are provided—
technical assistance, consisting of engineering services, applied research, scale production, and similar services, to enable the agricultural producers to establish businesses to produce value-added agricultural commodities or products;
assistance in marketing, market development, and business planning; and
organizational, outreach, and development assistance to increase the viability, growth, and sustainability of businesses that produce value-added agricultural commodities or products.
Establishment of Program
The Secretary shall establish a demonstration program, to be known as the “Agriculture Innovation Center Demonstration Program” under which the Secretary shall—
make grants to assist eligible entities in establishing Agriculture Innovation Centers to enable agricultural producers to obtain the assistance described in subsection (a); and
provide assistance to eligible entities in establishing Agriculture Innovation Centers through the research and technical services of the Department of Agriculture.
Use of funds
An eligible entity to which a grant is made under the Program may use the grant only for the following purposes (but only to the extent that the use is not described in section 1627c(d)(5)(D) of this title
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Hiring of employees, at the discretion of the board of directors of the Agriculture Innovation Center of the eligible entity.
The making of matching grants, each of which shall be in an amount not to exceed $5,000, to agricultural producers, except that the aggregate amount of all such matching grants made by the eligible entity shall be not more than $50,000.
Any other related cost, as determined by the Secretary.
[Pub. L. 107–171, title VI, § 6402], May 13, 2002, [116 Stat. 426]; [Pub. L. 110–234, title VI, § 6203], May 22, 2008, [122 Stat. 1207]; [Pub. L. 110–246, § 4(a)], title VI, § 6203, June 18, 2008, [122 Stat. 1664], 1969; [Pub. L. 113–79, title VI, § 6204], Feb. 7, 2014, [128 Stat. 857]; [Pub. L. 115–334, title VII, § 7608], title X, § 10102(c)(2), Dec. 20, 2018, [132 Stat. 4829], 4898; [Pub. L. 117–103, div. A, title VII, § 777], Mar. 15, 2022, [136 Stat. 99].)