Iowa attorney general announces swine industry enhancement grants

US - Grants totaling $100,000 per year funded by Smithfield Foods are available over the next 10 years for projects related to increasing profits, helping independent producers compete, making market information available, protecting the environment and other goals.
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Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said today that grant funds totaling $1 million over the next 10 years are available for projects that advance and enhance swine production in Iowa. Smithfield Foods is paying $100,000 per year for ten years for the program.

Miller released a request for applications (RFA) to identify and support innovative Iowa projects eligible for the grants. The RFA stems from an agreement reached in 2005 between the Iowa Attorney General's Office and Smithfield Foods, Inc., Murphy Farms, LLC, and Prestage-Stoecker Farms, Inc.

The agreement, which was approved by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, provides that Smithfield Foods will pay $100,000 per year for 10 years to fund grants to Iowans for projects benefiting Iowa's pork industry.

Source: Agriculture Online

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