Governor Gianforte and the Agricultural Development Council announce more than 830,000 za in grants and loans for value-added agricultural projects | Agriculture
Governor Gianforte and the Agriculture Development Council announced the recipients of $ 834,646 in Growing Through Agriculture (GTA) grants and loans.
“The expansion of value-added agriculture is helping Montana businesses thrive,” Governor Greg Gianforte said. “Investments made under the Growth Through Agriculture program allow producers and businesses across the state to expand their businesses, create jobs and access new markets. These value-added projects play an important role in promoting Montana’s high-quality commodities and reviving our economy. “
The GTA program has provided grants to a total of 30 Montana farm businesses and organizations, from Pinesdale to Plevna,
The application process was very competitive with plans to create strong markets for agricultural producers in Montana. Successful projects ranged from developing a feedlot to enable greater finishing of livestock in the state, to increasing Montana’s crop and meat processing capacity, and expanding value-added food and drink products, such as fermented foods. A complete list of funded projects is included in this release.
The GTA program was established by the legislature to strengthen and diversify Montana’s agricultural industry by developing innovative improvements in farming businesses and by marketing and marketing new agricultural products. The Montana Department of Agriculture administers the program with advice from the Agriculture Development Council, a seven-member committee appointed by the governor. Funding for the GTA requires an investment of at least $ 1 in matching funds for every $ 1 of grant or loan received.
The mission of the Montana Department of Agriculture is to protect producers and consumers, and to improve and develop agriculture and related industries. For more information about the Montana Department of Agriculture, visit agr.mt.gov.