FOLEY, Minn. — The COVID-19 outbreak has severely affected the market supply chain for animals and animal products, causing serious bottlenecks and an urgent need for additional processing.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for matching grants of up to $5,000 for qualified meat, poultry, egg or milk processors. These funds are to be used either to increase storage capacity or processing capability for licensed custom exempt, Equal-to Minnesota, or U.S. Department of Agriculture inspected facilities. Expenses related to general operation of the business, such as salary or benefits are excluded from the program.

Grant applications will be accepted until June 15, or when allocated funds are depleted. Learn more by visiting https://www.mda.state.mn.us/agri-rapid-response-mini-grant-livestock-processing and apply online.

For questions concerning the grant itself, contact Courtney VanderMey, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, at (651) 201-6135 or email at Courtney.VanderMey@state.mn.us.

This article was submitted by Brenda Postels, University of Minnesota Extension.