Early in 2022, Morgan Smith reported that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would make up to $215 million available in grants and other support to expand meat and poultry processing options, strengthen the food supply chain, and create jobs and economic opportunities in rural areas.
USDA Rural Development will make $150 million available in grants to fund startup and expansion activities in the meat and poultry processing sector. Grants of up to $25 million each will be given to expand processing capacity through a variety of activities, including but not limited to construction, expansion of existing facilities, and acquisition of equipment.
The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will provide another $40 million for workforce development and training, while the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will provide $25 million to offer technical assistance to grant applicants and others seeking resources related to meat and poultry processing.
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USDA Committing $215 Million to Enhance American Food Supply Chain