Statewide Iowa — The Iowa Economic Development Board recently approved the rules for a new fund designed to help small meat processors. Iowa Economic Development Authority spokesperson, Kannan Kappleman, says the agency is charged with handing out the 750-thousand dollars.
She says those rules lay out the requirements to receive the grants.
Kappleman says the shutdown of the large-scale meatpackers during the pandemic shined the light on the smaller operations.
The grants can be used to modernize and improve the operations. The Iowa Legislature passed and Governor Kim Reynolds signed what officially called “The Butchery Innovation and Revitalization Fund” into law in June of this year.