More than 200 projects received a combined total of $90.2 million from the USDA to strengthen and explore new market opportunities for local and regional food businesses. Included is a $200,000 grant to Bruders’ Butcher in Breckinridge, Minnesota for upgrades to become federally inspected. Lakeside Meats in North Branch, Minnesota received a $200,000 grant to to purchase equipment and make needed building repairs to accomplish its goal of becoming a Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) compliant facility.
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