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U.S. Department of Agriculture Rolls Out Funding to Support Sheep Industry; Jenny Lester Moffitt Details

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rolls Out Funding to Support Sheep Industry; Jenny Lester Moffitt Details


UNITED STATES
Friday, July 14th, 2023

The Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program (SPMGP) recently got a boost from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The organization is offering up $300,000 in available grant funding to strengthen and enhance the production and marketing of sheep and sheep products in the United States.

Jenny Lester Moffitt, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, United States Department of Agriculture“Projects funded by the Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program have already made measurable impacts on our nation’s sheep industry,” said USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Lester Moffitt. “From increasing processing capacity in areas experiencing bottlenecks in production to expanding critical research on pathogens affecting sheep flocks, projects such as these will ultimately increase the availability and consumption of sheep products across the country.”

In 2019, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service awarded a five-year grant for $1.9 million to the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center (NSIIC), according to a press release. Each year, the center subawards approximately $300,000 to projects that develop solutions for practical problems and address the needs of the entire sheep industry. The organization does all of this while focusing on the measurable benefits for sheep producers, encouraging partnerships among other sheep industry organizations, and reducing duplication of effort among participating organizations.

The United States Department of Agriculture is offering up to $300,000 in available grant funding to strengthen and enhance the production and marketing of sheep and sheep products in the United States

Additional information on the AMS can be found here. Applications must be submitted directly to the NSIIC and will be reviewed by its Board of Directors via a competitive process. Grant applications are currently being accepted through September 15, 2023.

We applaud USDA for providing this vital funding!

United States Department of Agriculture
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