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Wisconsin Boosts Meat Processing Industry with $1.8 Million in Infrastructure Grants


  • The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is offering meat processors in Wisconsin the opportunity to apply for infrastructure grants, with a total of $1.8 million available.
  • Grants of up to $50,000 are available for projects that increase harvest capacity or production, requiring a 100% match from the processor.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has announced a new grant opportunity for meat processors within the state, aiming to bolster the industry’s infrastructure. This initiative comes as part of the state’s 2023-25 budget, which includes a one-time increase of $1.6 million for the program, bringing the total funds available to $1.8 million. The grants are designed to support meat processors in enhancing the resilience and capacity of the supply chain.

Randy Romanski, the secretary for DATCP, highlighted the importance of these grants, stating they are instrumental in alleviating supply chain bottlenecks and reinforcing the state’s meat processing sector. He acknowledged Governor Evers’ role in facilitating access to these grants, which are funded through federal dollars and the biennial budget.

To be eligible for a grant, applicants must either currently operate or plan to operate a meat processing plant in Wisconsin that is licensed by the DATCP or USDA. The projects eligible for funding should aim to increase the plant’s harvest capacity or production levels. The grants can cover various operating expenses related to the project, including engineering, architectural design, construction, food safety consultation, equipment purchase, and installation.

DATCP is prepared to award grants of up to $50,000 for proposals that span up to two years. However, to qualify for the grant, processors must match the grant amount 100%. This requirement ensures that the beneficiaries are committed to their project’s success and sustainability.

For those interested in applying, grant applications are currently available and will be accepted through March 8. This grant program is part of Wisconsin’s broader effort to support its meat processing industry. In October 2022, the state awarded $10 million to 91 processors through the governor’s Meat and Poultry Supply Chain Resiliency Grants, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act, demonstrating ongoing support for this vital sector.