Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted have approved grants totaling approximately $15 million to 75 Ohio meat processors to help them expand capacity and meet the growing demand for meat processing services.
These awards are the second round of funding offered through the Ohio Meat Processing Grant Program. The additional state support will help strengthen the local meat supply chain and reduce reliance on out-of-state meat processors.
Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted, in partnership with the Ohio General Assembly, increased the amount of funding available through this program from $10 million to $25 million in April after the need for grants far exceeded the initial funding amount.
“I’m happy that we’ve now been able to help every qualifying meat processor who applied for assistance,” said Governor DeWine.
“Meat processors are essential to ensuring that our grocery stores and restaurants have protein available to feed Ohio families.”
“Meat processors have struggled with the supply chain issues that have also impacted other industries,” said Lt. Governor Husted.
“These grants will help meat processors increase productivity, which means they can increase the supply and lower costs for the consumer.”
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