Funds available through Department of Agriculture to protect Minnesota livestock processors

Funds available through Department of Agriculture to protect Minnesota livestock processors Photo: MGN Images/ AgDay News.

KSTP
Updated: November 24, 2020 11:39 AM
Created: November 24, 2020 11:35 AM

Minnesota milk, meat and poultry processors can access financial support to provide a safe environment for employees and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic through a new cost-share program from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

U.S. Department of Agriculture and state-licensed processors located in the state with fewer than 200 employees can apply by Dec. 4 for the Protect Our Milk, Meat and Poultry Processors (POMMPP) Cost-Share program.

According to MDA, expenses that may be eligible for reimbursement include equipment purchases related to complying with the MDA's COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines for Food Processors and Manufacturers, costs associated with increased inspections or becoming inspected, and costs associated with consultations to develop COVID-19 operating plans.

Any expenses submitted for reimbursement must be incurred between March 2, 2020 and Dec. 4, 2020. Reimbursement will be based on the number of applications received and the number of funds available. Payments may be capped due to limited funding.


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