Six small agricultural businesses in Michigan will share $1.2 million in federal grants

What is happening: Six small agricultural businesses in Michigan received $1.2 million in federal grants earlier this week, through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG) program. United States (USDA). The MPIRG program is the result of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which was designed to help small and very small processing facilities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and compete in the marketplace, helping businesses to reach more customers.

Who got it: The six companies each received a grant of $200,000. They include Country Smoke House in Almont; Meat from Eau Claire to Eau Claire; Thomas Elliott (Veritas Vineyard, LLC) in Jackson; Marrow in Detroit; and Merindorf Meats Inc. in 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 HERE to learn more about the Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant Program (MPIRG) grant opportunities.

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