Local Farms and Processors Get State Safety Grants

Michigan Agricultural Safety Grants have been awarded to seven St. Clair County businesses. The local farms and processors are among the 460 businesses statewide that received over $15 million.

The money is an allocation from the federal CARES Act and is to be used for COVID-19 testing costs, personal protection equipment, facility needs, and other expenses incurred to mitigate infection risks. 

Awards of $1000-$5000 were given to Dancing Meadows Homestead in Cottrellville Township, Fawn Hill Farm in Clyde Township, and Mark Heidt in Brockway Township. 

Grants between $12,000 and $50,000 were awarded to Berville Farms and Mike Pirrone Produce in Capac, C. Roy Inc. in Yale, McCallum’s Orchard in Jeddo, and Marysville Ethanol. 

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development reports that food and agriculture contribute $104.7 billion annually to Michigan’s economy and represent 805,000 jobs statewide. 

Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland