Vilsack Announces $21.9 Million to Strengthen Meat and Poultry Supply Chains
This week, AMS announced an additional $21.9 million for grant projects through the Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant Program. The funding awards 111 projects, bringing the program's total funding to $54.6 million. The funding will, according to USDA officials, help strengthen and develop new market opportunities for meat and poultry processors throughout the United States. Facility improvements and expansions funded through the program will help processors obtain a Federal Grant of Inspection or qualify for a state’s Cooperative Interstate Shipment program.
According to the USDA, achieving a Federal Grant of Inspection or operating under a Cooperative Interstate Shipment program allows meat and poultry processors to ship products across state lines, develop new markets, increase capacity, and better meet consumer and producer demand along the supply chain. Four Northwest locations were part of this week’s funding announcement, including:
- The Butcher Shop in Eagle Point, OR
- Big Horn Meat in Jefferson, OR
- Table Rock Meat Company in Dayton, WA
- Marzolf Meats in Snohomish, WA.
USDA also encourages grant recipients to request assistance through the Meat and Poultry Processing Capacity Technical Assistance Program. The technical assistance program, launched in March of this year, connects participants to a nationwide network of resources and expertise.
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