Helena, MT. – Small and medium-sized meat processors in Montana have an opportunity to receive funding to support and expand processing infrastructure and capacity through the Montana Meat Processing Infrastructure Grant. Governor Steve Bullock announced the availability of these grants last week as part of additional funding to aid businesses recovering from economic impacts of COVID-19.

“With increased demand on both the national supply chain and our local food systems, it’s time to invest in in-state meat processing,” said Ben Thomas, Director of Montana Department of Agriculture. “These grants give our producers an opportunity to shift their operations, so they can access new markets, and we can keep quality Montana raised meat here in Montana.”

$2 million total funding is available, with a maximum award of $150,000, from federal relief funds allotted to Montana by the federal government through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Montana Department of Agriculture and Department of Livestock will work in conjunction to ensure projects adhere to meat processing rules and regulations. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to, equipment and infrastructure that increase processing and/or storage capacity, costs associated with becoming State or Federally inspected, slaughter floor enhancement, and other business adaptation and diversification activities related to local meat processing.

Governor Bullock said during the announcement, “These grants will help boost process and storage capacity. They’ll help Montana businesses put more Montana meat onto more shelves and an increase in in-state processing means more direct sales and better value added markets for producers. Plus, consumers benefit from having a secure supply of locally produced and processed food.”

Applications will be accepted until July 2, 2020. More information on the MT Meat Infrastructure Grant, eligibility requirements, application procedures and the award process can be found here.

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Montana Department of Agriculture

Northern Ag Network

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