MDARD Announces Projects Awarded Value Added & Regional Food System Grants

Contact: Heather Throne 517-373-1085
Agency: Agriculture and Rural Development

14 proposals to receive $1.9 million in funds

October 26, 2012

LANSING, Mich. - Today, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams announced the projects awarded funds under the competitive Value Added and Regional Food System Grant Program. 

"The awarded proposals reflect the diversity of Michigan's $91.4 billion food and agriculture industry," said Clover Adams. "These projects illustrate the critical role the food and agriculture sector plays in our state's economic reinvention and strengthening Michigan's impact in the global marketplace."

The department received a total of 63 proposals with requests totaling $7.8 million.  Of those, MDARD awarded the following projects:

Regional Food System Projects:
- Grand Traverse Regional Market                                        $200,000
- Forgotten Harvest Food Processing Center                         $200,000
- Local Food Processing & Controlled Storage SE MI            $200,000
- The Allen Street Food Hub                                                $188,565
- The YMCA Veggie Van                                                       $24,797
- U.P. Local Food Network                                                  $164,059

Value Added Projects:
- Christmas Wreaths & Greens Production                          $110,000
- Carrollton Powdered Sugar Production                              $100,000
- Tart Cherries: Marketing Program Comeback                      $90,000
- Great Lakes Pork Feasibility Assessment                         $100,000
- Quick Freeze Blueberries for Premium Market Access       $100,000
- Enhancing Local Livestock Processing                             $200,000
- Modified Milk Powder Packaging System                          $100,000
- Membrane-based & Air Stripping Technologies                  $130,810

In MDARD's fiscal year 2013 budget, $1.95 million was appropriated for this new competitive grant program to promote and enhance Michigan's food and agriculture industry.

For the grant specifics, visit www.michigan.gov/mdardgrants.

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