Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte and the Agriculture Development Council announced Monday that nearly $ 230,000 in state grants has been awarded to farming businesses in north-central Montana as part of the Growth Through Agriculture program.
Businesses in north-central Montana that receive the grants include Agricultural processing solutions Great Falls, which received a $ 50,000 grant to complete a processing center for the development of hemp hearts and legume proteins; Haut Horizon Gardens who will use a grant of $ 37,750 to establish a hydroponics market in downtown Le Havre; and the Resurrection Ranch to Cascade which received a grant of $ 35,281 to convert a soil-based organic farm to a certified organic hydroponic farm.
A total of 30 Montana farm businesses have received grants and loans totaling nearly $ 835,000 under the 2020 Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) program. Almost 28% of that statewide total was received by farming operations in north-central Montana.
“The application process was very competitive with plans to create strong markets for agricultural producers in Montana,” the press release said. “Successful projects ranged from developing a feedlot to allow further finishing of livestock in the state, to increasing Montana’s crop and meat processing capacity, and expanding value-added food and drink products, such as fermented foods. “
A complete list of GTA 2020 program recipients is available on the Montana Department of Agriculture website at agr.mt.gov/GTA
“The expansion of value-added agriculture is helping Montana businesses thrive,” Gianforte said in a statement. “Investments made under the Growth Through Agriculture program allow producers and businesses across the state to expand their businesses, create jobs and access new markets.
The Growth Through Agriculture program was created by the Montana legislature to strengthen and diversify the Montana agriculture industry through the development of new products and processes. Examples of eligible project activities include equipment purchases, construction costs, advertising and promotion, and engineering consulting services.
The Montana Department of Agriculture administers the program with advice from the Agriculture Development Council, a seven-member committee appointed by the governor. Funding the GTA requires investing at least $ 1 in matching funds for every $ 1 of grant or loan received.
David Murray is a natural resources and agriculture reporter for the Great Falls Tribune. To contact him with comments or ideas for articles; email [email protected] or call (406) 403-3257. To preserve quality and in-depth journalism in north-central Montana subscribe to the Great Falls Tribune.