Senator Stabenow Announces $95,535 to Support Local Livestock Farmers in Southeast Michigan

New grant funded in Stabenow’s 2018 Farm Bill will help Michigan livestock farmers sell locally produced meat to families

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced federal support to help local livestock farmers and meat processors in Southeast Michigan. This investment comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Local Food Promotion Program in the 2018 Farm Bill, which Senator Stabenow co-authored.


"When we produce food here, we create jobs here in Michigan," said Senator Stabenow. “This is a win-win for families and local meat producers who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis.”


Both local farmers and meat processors have been affected by COVID-19 supply chain disruptions. Damian's Craft Meats will receive $95,535 to bolster the production and distribution of locally produced meat in Southeast Michigan.


In the 2018 Farm Bill, Senator Stabenow secured permanent funding for the Local Food Promotion Program by including it as part of the new Local Agriculture Market Program. The permanent funds will ensure there are investments available for local food producers for years to come.