USDA invests $70.6 million in rural Oklahoma businesses – FOX23 News

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday that the department is investing $70.6 million in rural Oklahoma businesses to create jobs and strengthen the economy.

It’s part of a $1.4 billion national investment to support rural America through skills training, business development and technical assistance.

“For some time, rural America has been at the mercy of an extractive economy, where resources are taken from rural lands only to create jobs and economic opportunity in urban and suburban areas,” said Vilsak. “Today’s announcement underscores the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to help transform the economy and deliver well-paying jobs and economic opportunity to those who need it most.”

Notable contributions include:

  • Grant of $467,742 to Ada to renovate a fire station.
  • $250,000 grant to Rolland Ranch Beef to increase processing, marketing and delivery of locally raised beef to area consumers, schools and the Chickasaw Nation.
  • $250,000 grant to Egg Packer, LLC in Cushing for the processing, packaging and marketing of pasture-raised, free-range, cage-free eggs.
  • Grant of $75,000 to the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma to plan funds to contract for the completion of a feasibility study as well as a business and marketing plan for the Quapaw Nation.
  • $250,000 grant to Icehouse Urban Creamery, LLC in Cushing to assist with processing expenses, purchasing supplies and marketing their new value-added product, cheese.
  • $49,900 grant to Pecan Creek Winery, LLC in Muskogee to rebrand and market its current value-added products.
  • $250,000 grant to Stobaugh Wine Group, LLC in McAlester to launch a new brand of wine.

Click on here to see the full list of planned investments.

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