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."