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ARLEE — Western Montana Growers Cooperative in Arlee on Monday was awarded a loan and a grant totaling $73,700 to assist with the development and expansion of a distribution and warehouse facility in Missoula that will support over 40 farms in Western Montana and provide distribution to a wide-range of Montana produced foods and products. The award came through the Montana Department of Agriculture and the Agriculture Development Council, one of six recipients receiving a total of $208,700 in grant and loan awards for value-added agricultural related projects through the Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) program.

“I am continually impressed with level of applications we receive from businesses throughout Montana. This cycle we were able to assist some projects that the council believes will be successful and grow Montana’s agriculture, food industries, and ultimately, jobs,” said Agriculture Development Council Chair Amy Kellogg, co-owner of Country Pasta in Polson.


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