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Over $7.5M coronavirus relief funds awarded

60 Montana meat businesses awarded

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MONTANA — Montana Department of Agriculture announced that over $7.5 million in grant funding has been awarded through the Montana Meat Processing Infrastructure Grant programs. The grants are designed to aid small and medium-sized meat processors in responding to the COVID-19 crisis through the adaptation and advancement of meat processing infrastructure and capacity in Montana.

“It’s crucial that our producers have viable options for getting their meat to market. Investing in meat processing infrastructure will help our Montana producers, strengthen local food systems and bolster food security for Montanans in communities across the state from Plains to Circle,” said Governor Steve Bullock.

The grant program received incredible interest, which reflects the necessity for increased in-state meat processing capacity. Strengthening infrastructure and capacity will increase market options for Montana’s cattle, hog and poultry producers and protect consumers from supply chain disruption. Businesses received funding for equipment and infrastructure, such as additional cooler or freezer space, slaughter floor enhancements, and other business adaptation and diversification activities that will increase processing and/or storage capacity related to local meat processing.

Funding for the MMPIG was derived from the state’s allocation of federal relief dollars made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, with a maximum award of $150,000. Over 60 businesses received funding. The Montana Department of Agriculture and Department of Livestock worked in conjunction to ensure projects adhered to meat processing rules and regulations. A list of recipients is included with this release.

Local businesses awarded:

—  Ronan: Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center, $72,500 to assist with equipment purchases 

 —  Polson: Montana Marbled Meats, $150,000 to assist with equipment purchases /increase cold storage

 —  Round Butte Custom Cuts, $136,477 to assist with equipment purchases /mobile slaughter unit /cold storage

 

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