Michigan meat and poultry companies to receive $1.4M from federal government

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FILE—Seven meat and poultry companies in Michigan are receiving funding from the USDA to aid with pandemic recovery.

FILE—Seven meat and poultry companies in Michigan are receiving funding from the USDA to aid with pandemic recovery.

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The United States Department of Agriculture has approved funding through their Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant program for seven Michigan companies.

The $1.4 million is being invested in these Michigan companies to help them recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and expand their processing capacity, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

“Michigan’s food and ag sector is an economic powerhouse generating billions for the economy and supporting jobs across the state,” MDARD Director Gary McDowell said in a statement. “Our farmers and food-based businesses have been challenged on a number of fronts throughout the pandemic and these funds provide so much needed support.”

The funding provides meat and poultry companies the ability to improve and expand existing facilities, modernize their equipment and meet packaging, labeling and food safety requirements so as to obtain a Federal Grant of Inspection under the Federal Meat Inspection Act or the Poultry Products inspection Act.

The funding is being awarded to these seven Michigan companies:

• Cozat Packaging in Coleman: $199,618.74
• Creswick Farms in Ravenna: $200,000
• Sommers Sausage Shop in Crystal Falls: $197,000
• Wilson's Meats LLC in St. Johns: $200,000
• Bosserd Brothers Meats LLC in Marshall: $199,887
• Love Meats, Inc. in Rudyard: $200,000
• Sarah Miles Cleveland J&S Meats in Newaygo: $186,670

“Strengthening our food supply chain and expanding homegrown processing can help reduce food costs while creating new jobs,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement. “Our state is home to diverse and robust food ang agriculture businesses that are a fundamental part of the MI New Economy plan to keep Michigan first.”

The USDA program was created by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. It was intended to help small businesses successfully weather the pandemic.