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Biden Administration Awards U.S. Small Meatpackers $12 Million

The funding will directly help one Ohio business

The Biden administration said on Monday it was awarding another $12 million in grants to upgrade and expand three meat and poultry processing facilities in the U.S. Midwest, as part of a broader $1 billion effort to encourage competition in a highly consolidated industry.

The three projects, funded by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), include a grant of nearly $9.6 million to expand poultry storage and processing capacity at Ohio's International Food Solutions; a $1.5 million grant to upgrade and boost turkey processing at the grower-owned cooperative Michigan Turkey Producers; and a $962,954 grant to Benson & Turner Foods, to build a cattle and hog processing plant on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota.

The new grants are in addition to the USDA awarding other allotments and loans in recent months, including $74 million to 22 companies through the agency's Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program, funded through the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

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