This page will highlight different state-level grant or loan programs that can be utilized to start new meat processing plants, upgrade existing ones, or fund other niche meat supply chain projects. Some of these are in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and others are longer standing programs designed to incentivize local and regional production, processing, and marketing.
If you don’t see your state listed here, you may want to contact your state department of agriculture to see if they could start something similar. It may take a significant lobbying effort on the part of many producers and legislators, but it won’t happen unless they hear from you.
Listed in alphabetical order by state. This page will be updated regularly as new programs are added.
Kentucky: The Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund (KADF) Meat Processing Investment Program provides funding for meat processors who are currently or plant to become USDA certified to financially incentivize economical expansion of businesses to process Kentucky beef, dairy, pork, lamb, goat, and poultry products. Three tiers of funding levels at $20K, $37.5K, and $250K. See this document for details.
Michigan: Michigan Value-Added/Regional Food System grants provides grants to establish, retain, expand, attract or develop value added agricultural processing in Michigan, or that expand or develop regional food systems or access the healthy food. This can include meat processing facilities. Funding up to $125K. Please note this program is on hold temporarily due to COVID. See this link for details.
Minnesota: AGRI Value-Added Grant Program helps Minnesota processors add value to Minnesota agricultural products by helping underwrite feasibility studies and the purchase of equipment. Individuals, farmers, businesses, agricultural cooperatives, or local government entities are eligible to apply. You must explain how your project will increase the sales of Minnesota agricultural products and/or increase market access. The program aims to fund projects that impact many farmers. Funding up to $150K. See this link for details.
Minnesota: AGRI Livestock Processing Rapid Response Mini-Grants helps processors and certain producers respond to market issues causes by COVID-19. The program aims to increase slaughter, processing, and storage capacity for livestock products until existing markets return or new markets are developed. Funding up to $5K. See this link for details.
Missouri: The Meat and Poultry Processing Grant Program has up to $20 million dollars to assist federally inspected, state inspected and custom exempt slaughter and processing facilities who employ fewer than 200 employees. Both existing facilities and new facilities that will soon be in operation are eligible to apply. Three tiers of funding available. Applications due by August 31, 2020. Learn more at this link.
Montana: The Montana Meat Processing Infrastructure Grant (MMPIG) was created to aid small and medium-sized meat processors in responding to the COVID-19 crisis through the adaptation and expansion of meat processing infrastructure and capacity in Montana. Funding up to $150K. See this link for details.
North Carolina: Called the Increasing Meat Production and Capacity Grant program, this multi-million dollar program will support facility expansion, fixtures, on-site job training or equipment that will expand animal throughput, processing capacity, the amount or type of products produced, or processing speed for plants that process for NC producers. Restricted to small and mid-scale plants only. Applications are due August 12, 2020. More information can be found here.
North Dakota: The North Dakota Meat Processing Plant Cost-Share Program was started in May 2020 with funding from the coronavirus relief bill to help state-inspected and custom exempt meat processing plants upgrade their facilities and equipment to meet increased demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will reimburse processors a portion of expenses dependent on the total amount of eligible applications received and approved through the program. See this link for details.
Oklahoma: The Food Supply Stability Plan is offering grants of up to $1 million dollars for meat processing plants to build, renovate, expand, or purchase equipment. New and existing meat processing businesses will be eligible to apply
for these grants to help construct new facilities or expand existing facilities to add to the state’s overall processing capacity. This could include registered custom-exempt, state inspected, federally inspected establishments. Publicly traded companies are not eligible to apply. Applications can be found here and are due by August 14, 2020.
Pennsylvania: The Very Small Meat Processor Federal Inspection Reimbursement grant program provides funding to reimburse some portion of the costs associated with meeting federal inspection and certification guidelines during the planning and start-up periods for a very small meat processor operating within this commonwealth. Funding up to $50K. See this link for details.