More funding has been announced for rural development by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The funding comes from the Rural Business Grant program. The funding can be used for technical assistance, training, and job-creation activities for small rural businesses.
The non-profit Lettuce Dream of Maryville will receive an $18,422 grant to purchase new packaging, labeling, boxes, and marketing materials in preparation for an entry into the Maryville retail market.
The University of Missouri will receive $100,000 grant to build a commodity barn at the Thompson Research Center in Spickard. The university will use the barn in its research identifying ways to increase revenue from beef cattle feedlot operations in the state.
Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation will use a $19,973 grant to provide training and technical assistance for business development services for existing and new, emerging small businesses in a six-county region of northwest Missouri.
The Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri, Inc. will use a $46,675 grant to provide training and technical assistance for business development services in northwest Missouri.
North Central Missouri Business Facilitation will use a $23,000 grant to assist existing and potential entrepreneurs with valuable insight, knowledge, and solutions in starting, expanding, and developing small and emerging businesses.
There were a total of 20 Missouri organizations that were awarded just of $1 million dollars in the funding announcement by the USDA.