With the combined effects of the pandemic, inflation, supply chain challenges, and more on the meat and poultry sector, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recently announced an additional $21.9 million in funding will be awarded to 111 grant projects through the Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant Program (MPIRG). The funding will help create new market opportunities for processors throughout the country while offering vital assistance and key resources.
“The Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grants will help meat and poultry processors make necessary facility improvements, expand their businesses, and strengthen the nation’s food supply chain,” said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. “These grants are one part of USDA’s Meat and Poultry Supply Chain initiatives and will contribute to our efforts to transform our food system.”
This recent $21.9 million investment will bring the total funding of MPIRG to $54.6 million, and this year’s awards will fund projects across 37 states, a release stated.
To further its efforts, AMS is encouraging MPIRG awardees and eligible participants in the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Supply Chain initiatives to request assistance through the Meat and Poultry Processing Capacity Technical Assistance Program (MPPTA), which was launched in March 2022 and connects participants with a nationwide network of resources and expertise.
“USDA continues to build capacity and increase economic opportunity for small and mid-sized meat and poultry producers across the country,” commented, Jenny Lester Moffitt, the Under Secretary for the organization’s Marketing and Regulatory Programs.
The facility improvements and expansions funded through MPIRG will aid processors in obtaining a Federal Grant of Inspection or qualify for a state’s Cooperative Interstate Shipment program. Achieving either of these allows meat and poultry processors to ship products across state lines, therefore developing new markets, increasing capacity, and enabling them to better meet demand.
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How will this funding contribute to supply chain development throughout the meat and poultry sector? Stay tuned to Deli Market News for updates.