Who got it: The six companies each received a grant of $200,000. They understand Country smokehouse in Almont; Clear water meats with Clear Water; Thomas Elliott (Veritas Vineyard, LLC) in Jackson; Bone marrow in Detroit; and Meats Merindorf Inc. to Mason.
How they will be used: MPIRG grants can be used to expand existing facilities, upgrade processing equipment, and meet packaging, labeling, and food safety requirements required for a federal inspection grant under the Federal Food Inspection Act. Meat Inspection or Poultry Products Inspection Act, or to operate under a state’s Cooperative Interstate Shipment program.
Why it matters: “Michigan’s food and agriculture sector is an economic powerhouse generating billions for the economy and supporting jobs in our communities,” said Gary McDowell, director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). “Our farmers and food businesses continue to show their resilience and adaptability. These USDA funds provide additional support to help our small meat and poultry processors grow.
Click on HERE to learn more about the Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant Program (MPIRG) grant opportunities.
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