State Announces $ 25,000 Matching Grants to Promote Iowa Farm Products

(The Center Square) – Farmers, businesses and nonprofits in Iowa can apply for up to $ 25,000 per project as part of the Choose Iowa Marketing and Promotion matching grants, the ministry said Monday. of Agriculture and Land Stewardship of Iowa.

The grants are to be applied to projects that “will increase sales of Iowa’s agricultural products by increasing production capacity or expanding market access for value-added projections” that will be completed within 18 months, an information sheet on the program says. They can include employee training or continuing education programs. Dairy producers could invest in on-farm processing or packaging equipment to sell cheese to grocery stores and farmers markets, the statement said.

“Farmers in Iowa are used to producing healthy, high-quality, affordable food and farm products,” Secretary Mike Naig said in the press release. “The Choose Iowa Grants Program provides resources and support for farmers to make commercial investments in equipment or technology that allows them to tap into new markets and sales channels. These investments will also make it easier for consumers to find and purchase products grown in Iowa. “

To be eligible for a grant, applicants must currently live or operate in Iowa. Small and medium-sized businesses will be given priority, the statement said.

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Details on grants, requirements and applications are available at chooseiowa.com/grant-program. The deadline for submitting applications via the online portal is December 15 at 5 p.m. Grant recipients will be announced in early January or February 2022, the backgrounder says. Anyone with questions can contact [email protected]

The challenges for farmers this year included high gas costs over seven years and increases in the cost of living. Topsoil and subsoil moisture levels were mostly adequate (57%, 46% respectively) and short (34%, 38% respectively) over the past week, Monday’s Iowa Crop Progress and State Report said. Pasture condition was 30% good to excellent and the soybean crop reached 70% and is a week ahead of the 5-year average, according to the report.

Amalia H. Mercado