Nebraska to Award $9.8 Million in Grants to Meat Processors
DEADLINE: August 12
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture will award approximately $9.8 million in Independent Processor Assistance Program Grants to support projects designed to improve and/or expand Nebraska's meat processing capabilities, reports National Hog Farmer. The Independent Processor Assistance Program Grants are available to new and existing processors to facilitate improvements, enhancements, or expansions that will increase harvest capacity and/or product throughput. Eligible processors are those that operate as either a USDA-FSIS facility or a federally regulated custom-exempt slaughter and processing facility, while also remaining in compliance with all applicable federal regulations. New facilities must show capacity to seek licensure as either a USDA-FSIS facility or as a federally regulated custom-exempt facility.
"Nebraska is a leader in meat production and processing which is a vital part of our nation's food supply," Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Steve Wellman said, per NHF. "Our livestock producers and meat processors have already faced many unique challenges created by the pandemic, and yet they continue to find solutions to keep the food chain operating. These grants will help Nebraska meat processors implement projects that will benefit meat processing today and strengthen the industry for tomorrow."
To be eligible, existing operations must be domiciled in the State of Nebraska and be registered in good standing with the Secretary of State to conduct business in Nebraska. Additionally, existing sales revenue must be less than $2.5 million and employment must be fewer than 25 employees.
The application period for the Independent Processor Assistance Program Grants opened on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. Applications are due Friday, August 12, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
Wisconsin Gov. Evers Announces an Additional $10 Million Investment in Meat Processing Infrastructure
DEADLINE: August 19
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced the creation of the Meat and Poultry Supply Chain Resiliency Grant Program, investing up to $10 million in the program to continue to grow Wisconsin’s meat processing industry and improve the long-term viability of the state’s livestock industry. Funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Wisconsin meat processors will have the ability to apply for grants of up to $150,000.
“Wisconsin is home to hundreds of meat processors across the state who support our local communities, serve area farmers, connect with consumers, and contribute to our economy,” said Gov. Evers. “Wisconsin’s meat processors are a key component of a resilient supply chain, and the Meat and Poultry Supply Chain Resiliency Grant Program will help us continue to build critical infrastructure and increase processing capacity, ensuring the industry can thrive.”
The Meat and Poultry Supply Chain Resiliency Grant Program will be distributed by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Processors are required to provide a match of 100 percent of the grant amount, and grants will be awarded through a competitive selection process. The application period for the Meat and Poultry Supply Chain Resiliency Grant Program is now open.
With this announcement, Gov. Evers has now committed more than $15 million to Wisconsin’s meat processors. Earlier this year, Gov. Evers announced up to $5 million in the Meat Talent Development Program to help attract students to meat careers, provide financial support to students in Wisconsin meat processing training programs, support program development, and connect the meat processing industry with potential employees.
Additionally, the 2021-23 biennial budget also included $200,000 in each year of the biennium for Meat Processor Infrastructure Grants. These grants enabled meat processors to invest in their facilities and install equipment to expand their production and gain efficiencies. In the first year of the Meat Processor Infrastructure Grants, DATCP received 100 applications requesting more than $4.4 million in funding. The first recipients of these grants were announced on May 5.
More information about the Meat and Supply Chain Resiliency Grants, including the application and FAQs, is available here.
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