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Up to $1.4 million available for Minnesota livestock product processors

Applications close October 27, 2022.

Minnesota livestock product processors looking to start or change their businesses may be eligible for a grant program administered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Applications for the Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Meat, Poultry, Egg, and Milk Processing Grant are open now.

The department anticipates awarding up to $1.4 million through a competitive review process. The maximum equipment award is $150,000, and the minimum award is $1,000. MDA expects to award 20 to 60 grants, but the final number depends on the size of awards.

The intent of the two-year old program is to increase sales of Minnesota-raised livestock products by investing in equipment and physical improvements that support processing, capacity, market diversification, and market access.

“Meat processing demand continues to increase, and capacity has to keep pace for a healthy market to exist,” Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen said. “This grant helps processors become more agile and resilient, expanding access to products.”

To be eligible for the grant, processors must:

  • Intend to or be engaged with livestock slaughter or processing, including meat, poultry, egg, and/or milk.
  • Be an individual (including farmers), business, agricultural cooperative, non-profit, educational institution, or a local unit of government (including Tribal Governments).
  • Currently reside in Minnesota and be authorized to conduct business in Minnesota.

Grantees are responsible for at least 50% of the total cost for the first $50,000 and 75% of the total cost for every dollar after as a cash match. Funding for the AGRI Meat, Poultry, Egg, and Milk Processing Grant will be awarded in one round.
Grant applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022. Funding will be awarded in early 2023.

If a grant application is not selected during the AGRI Meat, Poultry, Egg, and Milk Processing Grant, it will be considered for the AGRI Value-Added Grant that is expected to open in winter 2023.

2022 winners

In fiscal year 2022, a total of over $700,000 was awarded to 15 winners. This was the first year for the AGRI Meat, Poultry, Egg, and Milk Processing Grant. Here’s a look at last year’s winners:

  • French Lake Butcher Shop, Inc.
  • Jenniges Meat Processing, Inc.
  • Concord Fresh Meat Processing, Inc.
  • Lakes Processing, Inc.
  • Long Cheng, Inc.
  • K&S Poultry
  • Dennison Meat Locker, LLC
  • Round Table Meats, LLC
  • Northern Pride, Inc.
  • Midwest Meats, LLC
  • Elm Dale Creamery and Locker
  • Schaefer’s Market
  • The Country Butcher, LLC
  • Kenyon Meats
  • Kerkhoven Country Butcher

Proposals for the AGRI Meat, Poultry, Egg, and Milk Processing Grant must be submitted through MDA’s online application system.

For more information, visit the grant webpage.
 

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