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USDA grants boost Illinois agribusiness and national supply chains
Illinois Ag Connection - 11/29/2023

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), led by State Director Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, has announced a new round of investments targeting the expansion of market opportunities for agricultural producers and the reinforcement of American food and agriculture supply chains.

Dirksen Londrigan emphasizes the USDA's commitment to aiding America's farmers and ranchers. These efforts aim to broaden their businesses, bolster the supply chain, and generate well-paying jobs. These investments are seen as vital for the growth and long-term prosperity of agricultural producers and rural entrepreneurs, providing enhanced economic opportunities in small communities and towns.

This announcement coincides with the inaugural meeting of the White House Council on Supply Chain Resilience. This council is an integral part of President Biden’s plan to reduce costs for American families and increase investment in essential supply chains, crucial for both economic and national security.

The funds are an extension of the ongoing USDA initiatives under President Biden's Investing in America agenda, which focuses on increasing competition, improving independent meat and poultry processing, strengthening local and regional food systems, and expanding innovative domestic fertilizer production.

A notable example of these efforts is the award of a Value-Added Producer Grant to All Grass Farms. Located in Dundee, IL, All Grass Farms specializes in grass-fed and pasture-raised poultry and livestock. The grant will enable the farm to expand its services to four neighboring states: Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana, significantly increasing its market presence and customer base.

This move not only benefits All Grass Farms but also contributes to the broader objectives of enhancing agricultural production and supply chain resilience in the United States.

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