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July 22, 2011

Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets Launches Meat Processing Capacity Expansion Grant Program

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) is now accepting applications for the new Meat Processing Capacity Expansion Grant Program. This program was created by the Vermont Legislature to provide matching grants for capital investments that will result in increased capacity at meat and poultry slaughter and processing facilities in Vermont.

The goals of the Program are to support meat and poultry processors and producers, create jobs, and enhance Vermont’s livestock industry. In order to qualify for funding consideration a business must: be primarily involved in the processing of meat or poultry products; be providing services to more than five farm businesses; be located (preferably headquartered) in Vermont; and be licensed for either commercial or custom use. To be eligible for funding, the participant must be in good standing with the Agency of Agriculture regarding regulatory requirements and resulting penalties.

A total of $50,000 is available. The eligible use of this funding is capital improvements including but not limited to construction costs, materials and equipment, and wastewater system improvements. Applications are due on Monday, August 22 at 5pm. Please contact Chelsea Bardot Lewis, Agricultural Development Coordinator, at 802-828-3360 or chelsea.lewis@state.vt.us for the full application packet or more information.

Source: Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Last Updated at: July 22, 2011 08:11:21