HELENA, MONT. – Montana Governor Steve Bullock and the Montana Department of Agriculture announced on Aug. 4 that it would provide $7.5 million in funding through the Montana Processing Infrastructure Grant (MMPIG) programs for meat companies around the state.
Small- and medium-sized meat processors can access the grants to help with the COVID-19 pandemic and help adapt and advance meat processing infrastructure and capacity.
“The impacts of COVID-19 have highlighted how fragile the nation’s supply chain can be, especially when it comes to meat processing,” Bullock said. “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.”
Grants are designed to help Montana’s cattle, hog and poultry producers and protect customers from supply chain disruptions. Businesses in the state received resources for equipment and infrastructure like additional cooler or freezer space and slaughter floor enhancements.
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 (CARES) Act, with a maximum award of $150,000. More than 60 companies were grant recipients.