June 29, 2021


USDA announces US$55.2 million funding available through meat, poultry inspection programme



The United States Department of Agriculture has announced US$55.2 million in competitive grant funding available through the new Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG) programme.


The new programme is funded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.


"We are building capacity and increasing economic opportunity for small and mid-sized meat and poultry processors and producers across the country," US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.


"Through MPIRG, meat and poultry slaughter and processing facilities can cover the costs for necessary improvements to achieve a Federal Grant of Inspection under the Federal Meat Inspection Act or the Poultry Products Inspection Act, or to operate under a state's Cooperative Interstate Shipment programme."


The USDA encourages grant applications that focus on improving meat and poultry slaughter and processing capacity and efficiency, developing new and expanding existing markets, increasing capacity and better meeting consumer and producer demand, maintaining strong inspection and food safety standards, obtaining a larger commercial presence and increasing access to slaughter or processing facilities for smaller farms and ranches, new farmers and ranchers, socially disadvantaged producers and veteran producers.


Eligible meat and poultry slaughter and processing facilities include commercial businesses, cooperatives and tribal enterprises.


"This programme will be a safer and more effective approach in expanding capacity and increasing opportunity for local and regional meat producers and processors," said Brian Ronholm, director of food policy for Consumer Reports.


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