Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Awards 13 Choose Iowa Marketing and Promotion Grants
Grant program helps expand new ways to process, market and sell Iowa-grown products
DES MOINES, Iowa (March 21, 2022) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today announced the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has awarded nearly $250,000 in grants to help 13 Iowa farmers, businesses and non-profits increase or diversify their agricultural product offerings.
“Iowa agriculture is the envy of the world as our farmers continue to lead the way in producing healthy, high-quality, affordable food. It is essential that consumers have access to the Iowa-grown products they know and love,” said Secretary Naig. “The Choose Iowa grant program makes this possible through value-added projects that help Iowans grow their businesses and access new markets. I am proud to invest in these projects that continue to position Iowa as a top place to grow, today and in the future.”
Choose Iowa Marketing and Promotion grants are being awarded to the following individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations:
Stensland Creamery, located near Larchwood, is being awarded $25,000 to increase their on-farm dairy processing capacity and product offerings.
TOTAL PROJECT COST: $52,912
Country View Dairy, located near Hawkeye, is being awarded $20,030 to increase production capability, enabling them to enter more retail markets and serve more Iowa schools.
TOTAL PROJECT COST: $40,060
Austin Schulte, located near Norway, is being awarded $25,000 to begin on-farm dairy processing of cheese, increasing opportunities for workforce and consumers in the area.
TOTAL PROJECT COST: $350,000
Kerns Farms, located near Clearfield, is being awarded $25,000 to purchase stationary and mobile cold storage to expand their mobile meat delivery service.
TOTAL PROJECT COST: $61,406
T-A Family Premium Meats, located in Marquette, is being awarded $25,000 to construct a retail store to showcase Iowa meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, cider, sauces, spices, and other specialty foods.
TOTAL PROJECT COST: $52,000
SkyView Farms, located near Nora Springs, is being awarded $9,770 to expand their current direct sale beef business to a beef, pork, poultry, and egg food hub serving Iowans.
TOTAL PROJECT COST: $30,020
Iowa Food Hub, located in Waukon, is being awarded $18,000 to access additional markets, add more distribution routes, and serve more customers in Iowa.
TOTAL PROJECT COST: $40,000
Franklin Street Brewing Company, located in Manchester, is being awarded $25,000 to purchase and install a canning line that will increase their production and purchases of Iowa-grown hops and grains.
TOTAL PROJECT COST: $83,339
Whitetail Valley Farm, located near Stanton, is being awarded $21,000 to increase their production and sales of apple-based beverages.
TOTAL PROJECT COST: $46,152
Local Harvest CSA, located near Solon, is being awarded $5,750 to establish an on-farm kitchen to extend their production season and expand their market of value-added fruit and vegetable products.
TOTAL PROJECT COST: $11,500
Clear Sky Flowers, located in Leon, is being awarded $2,500 to increase storage capacity and improve transportation methods of their flowers to create alternative methods to the current supply chain disruptions.
TOTAL PROJECT COST: $5,067
ChopLocal, based in Wayland, is being awarded $25,000 to increase access to their online meat marketplace for producers and consumers.
TOTAL PROJECT COST: $58,500
Brun Ko Farm, located near Exira, is being awarded $15,000 to increase vegetable production by increasing washing and storage capacity.
TOTAL PROJECT COST: $30,000