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Michigan Grants Boost Local Agriculture and Jobs

Michigan Grants Boost Local Agriculture and Jobs


By Andi Anderson

The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development has taken decisive action to support local businesses by approving Food and Agriculture Investment Program (FAIP) grants totaling $125,000. These grants will bolster the expansion efforts of Popz Beez and Byron Center Meats, contributing to the advancement of Michigan's food and agriculture industry.

Director Tim Boring of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development expressed the administration's commitment to investing in agriculture and small businesses across the state. He emphasized the vital role these investments play in fostering economic growth, creating job opportunities, and strengthening local economies.

Popz Beez in Oakland County is set to utilize a $55,000 FAIP grant to build a cutting-edge honey extraction and bottling facility. Spearheaded by owner Preston Zale, this expansion will greatly improve honey processing capabilities, aiding beekeepers in Oakland, Lapeer, and Genesee counties. The project anticipates creating five new jobs and doubling honey processing capacity.

Expressing gratitude for the support from MDARD, Zale highlighted the transformative impact of the new facility on local beekeepers' ability to bring their products to market efficiently and profitably.

Byron Center Meats receives $70,000 in FAIP funding to build a modern cold storage facility, boosting carcass and processing capabilities to meet growing demand for local proteins. Owners Steve and Laura Sytsma highlight collaboration to strengthen relationships with Michigan livestock producers and expand market reach for quality processed meats.

The FAIP grants represent a vital component of Michigan's economic development strategy, focusing on projects that drive innovation, promote industry growth, and generate economic opportunities. These investments underscore the state's commitment to nurturing a robust and sustainable food and agriculture sector.

For additional information on MDARD grants and initiatives, interested parties can visit www.Michigan.gov/MDARDGrants.

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