JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) is now accepting applications for the Farm to Table Value-Added Grant program. This program provides assistance in placing locally grown agricultural products in Missouri facilities such as schools, correctional facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities and military bases, while strengthening local farming economies.
Eligible applicants must be a small business purchasing or processing locally grown agricultural products from a small farmer and whose primary market is institutions in Missouri. The small business could be the actual producer of agricultural products. The maximum individual grant is $200,000. Applicants are required to provide a 10 percent cash match toward the cost of the resources being funded.
Eligible resources may include, but are not limited to items such as: coolers, freezers, washing, bagging, sorting and/or packing equipment, and professional services for the development of Good Agricultural Practices/Good Handling Practices (GAP/GHP) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Analysis (HACCP) plan development.
— Missouri Department of Agriculture
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