Meat farmers to receive funding from USDA

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Miles Smith Farms is to put the money towards produced a mixed-meat burger
Miles Smith Farms is to put the money towards produced a mixed-meat burger

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A US farm in Loudon, New Hampshire has been highlighted as one of nearly 250 operations to receive a portion of a $25m funding pot designed to help rural businesses grow and diversify.

The funding is being provided through the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s Value-Added Producer Grant program.

Miles Smith Farm is to receive $127,732, which it said it will use, in addition to its required matching funds, to produce and distribute a burger made from grass-fed beef (55%) and organically raised pork (45%).

Carole Soule, of Miles Smith Farm, said that by producing a burger containing a mixture of ground pork with extra-lean grass-fed ground beef results in a burger with the ideal fat and flavour levels that grass-fed ground beef does not have alone.

North Hollow Farm LLC in Rochester, Vermont will receive a $161,204 grant to expand the processing and marketing of grass-fed beef and natural meats.

US agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack said: "Value-added Producer Grants enable small businesses to turn raw products that sell at commodity prices into a finished product that provides a higher return."

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