Montana Invests $7.8 Million in Value-Added Agriculture

by Colter Brown

Governor Greg Gianforte today announced the State of Montana is investing over $7.8 million in value-added agriculture projects.

“Whether by bringing pasture to plate or grain to glass, value-added agriculture helps our ag producers capture more of the value they create,” Gov. Gianforte said. “With Montana farmers and ranchers in mind, we’ll continue investing in value-added ag to create jobs, expand opportunities, and help producers keep pace with a transforming industry.”

During Montana Ag Week, the governor approved the ARPA Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program awards which the Economic Transformation, Stabilization, and Workforce Development Advisory Commission recommended.

Thirty projects across the state will receive funds to assist with the development of agricultural business improvements.

“Following a highly competitive process, the Agriculture Infrastructure Program is making meaningful investments in projects that will advance our industry for generations to come,” said Director of Agriculture Christy Clark. “I look forward to seeing these ag business innovations and expansions bolster our supply chain and boost our economy.”

Projects of varying sizes were awarded funds based on a tiered match requirement totaling $18.7 million in private investments put forward by the successful applicants.

  • Awards equal to or less than $150,000 must be matched at $1 to $1 (15 projects)
  • Awards from $150,001 to $300,000 must be matched at $2 to $1 (4 projects)
  • Awards from $300,001 to $450,000 must be matched at $3 to $1 (11 projects)

The ARPA Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program recipients are as follows:

Bear Paw Meats — $150,000Expansion, State Inspected Slaughter Floor Renovations to Increase Capacity

Big Sandy Organics — $400,000Expansion, Food Manufacturing Facility

Big Sky Processing, LLC — $150,000New USDA Retail/Slaughter in Central Montana

Blue Creek Marbled Meat Co — $300,000New, Meat Slaughter Facility under Construction for State/USDA Inspection

BMB Ventures, LLC dba Rawhide Meats — $30,286Expansion, Portioning Vacuum Filler Equipment. State Inspected, scheduled for USDA Inspection.

Butcher Block Specialties — $140,000Expansion, Custom Exempt Meat Processing Equipment Upgrades

Commercial Lynks Inc. — $277,972Expansion, Pulse Crop Cleaning, Sorting, Splitting, and Bagging Equipment

Eastern Montana Meats, LLC — $450,000Expansion, USDA Inspected Meat Processing Equipment Upgrades

Evergood Commodities Ltd — $450,000New, Installation of Pea and Lentil Splitting Plant

Hamilton Packing Company — $450,000Expansion, State Inspected Meat Processing Equipment Upgrades, Existing Retail

IND HEMP, LLC — $450,000Expansion, Hemp Grain and Hemp Fiber Processing Line

Lake County Community Development Corporation — $79,300Delivering Montana Sourced Value-Added Products for Montana Schools

Madison Food Park LLC — $300,000New, Phase 1 Cheese Manufacturing & Processing Facility


Meats of Montana — $150,000USDA Inspected Retail Storefront Expansion at Pioneer Meats, Inc

Montana Gluten Free Processors — $150,000Expansion, Equipment to Increase Processing Line Performance

Montana Milling — $450,000Expansion, Dehulling, Decortication and Protein Isolate Extraction

Montana Premier Protein —$450,000New Pulse Crop Milling Facility

Nguyen Holdings, Inc dba M&S Meats — $450,000New, USDA Inspected Meat Processing Facility; Existing Retail

OCC Legacy Cuts — $450,000Expansion, USDA/Organic Certified Meat Processing Facility

Old Salt Co-op — $150,000Direct to Consumer Meat Marketing + Proposed Slaughter Facility

Pekovitch Meats LLC — $45,000Expansion, Custom Exempt Meat Processing Equipment Upgrades

Prairie Meats LLC — $150,000Expansion, Custom Exempt Meat Processing Equipment Upgrades

Primitive Meats LLC — $150,000Expansion, Custom Exempt Meat Processing Equipment Upgrades

Pure Montana Meats — $200,000Expansion, USDA Inspected Meat Processing Equipment Upgrades

S Ranch Meats, LLC — $102,945Expansion, USDA Inspected Meat Processing Equipment Upgrades

Sidney Sugars Inc. — $450,000New Natural Gas Boiler Conversion

Superior Meats, Inc. — $150,000Automated Packaging Equipment and Composting System, State Inspected

The Redwood Group — $450,000New Import/Export Facility at The Port of Northern Montana

Timeless Seeds, Inc. — $149,900Food Processing, Equipment Upgrade to Maintain Food Safety Certification

Western Montana Growers Cooperative — $147,015Expansion to Support Increased Local Food Distribution

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