DeWine awards $15 million to select Ohio meat processors; Hopes to help lower costs

Gov. Mike Dewine will award $15 million in grants to meat processors throughout Ohio in the hopes of helping strengthen the local meat supply chain.

Grants are awarded through the Ohio Meat Processing Grant Program.

During this round, which is the second, 75 Ohio meat processors will receive funding, according to a release.

Each business can receive up to $250,00 in grants that can be used for expenses like new or upgraded machinery, personnel training costs, food safety certification costs and more.

“Meat processors have struggled with the supply chain issues that have also impacted other industries,” Lt. Governor Husted said in the release. “These grants will help meat processors increase productivity, which means they can increase the supply and lower costs for the consumer.”

The funding available for the program was increased from $10 to $25 million in April after state officials found businesses’ needs for grants exceed the original funding amount.

Ten processors across the Miami Valley have been awarded grants.

For more information about the grant visit the Ohio Department of Development’s website and to see the full list of grantees visit here.