The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has awarded $208,213 to 46 Minnesota livestock processing plants and producers to help them increase capacity for slaughter, processing and storage in the wake of supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MDA Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Program’s Rapid Response Mini-Grant for Livestock Processing offered up to $5,000 to applicants to offset the cost of expenses such as adding coolers, refrigeration units, slaughter and processing equipment.

Among those receiving grants were Brady Gramm of Hancock, Cornerstone Farms of Henning, Heart O Lakes Quality Meats of Pelican Rapids, Lakes Area Cooperative of Perham, Mills Locker Plant of New York Mills, Pastures A Plenty Co. of Clara City, and Stark Partners of Vesta.

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