Governor Mills Announces Nearly $20 Million in Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Grants to Support Maine Farmers and Food Processors | Office of Governor Janet T. Mills – Maine.gov

by | Aug 19, 2022 | Jobs

The Agricultural Infrastructure Investment Program delivers vital grant funding to enhance agriculture and food processing infrastructure in MaineLisbon Falls, MAINE – Governor Janet Mills today announced nearly $20 million in grant awards through her Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to help Maine farmers and food processers address infrastructure needs to expand in-state production and processing. These funds will help our farmers increase the supply of Maine-grown food, meet growing demand, create and sustain jobs in one of Maine’s iconic heritage industries while also strengthening our food system, supporting economic growth, and enhancing Maine’s national reputation for food excellence.

Gov. Mills, DACF Commissioner Amanda Beal, and CEI Senior Vice President of Food System Strategies Gray Harris with Joel Alex, Founder of Blue Ox Malthouse, and his employees

The grants were awarded through the Agricultural Infrastructure Investment Program (AIIP) administered through the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF). The grants will be used to support a variety of infrastructure needs, including harvesting, processing, and manufacturing or packaging and handling equipment. Improving agricultural infrastructure will allow this sector to increase production and storage capacity, enhance supply chain resilience, and drive growth within the state’s agricultural and food economy while enhancing production of Maine-grown foods.

Funding awards were approved for 64 farms and food processors. The awards ranged from $41,669 to $500,000, with an average of $301,217, and awards were distributed across all sixteen Maine counties. The 64 awards reflect the spectrum of Maine farms and food businesses of various scales and sizes, production methods, and product categories, including dairy, grain, vegetable, fruit, meat, and poultry.

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