Submitted to the Herald Review

LANSING — Wednesday, the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development voted to approve Food and Agriculture Investment Fund grants for eight food and agriculture projects in Michigan. The projects will help expand and grow companies in the processed meat, milk, vegetables, beer, and cider segments, as well as support the growth of innovative products that will lead to more efficient agricultural operations.

“One of the great things about these grant-supported projects is that they illustrate the limitless opportunities Michigan has to grow the food and ag industry and create jobs in rural areas,” said MDARD Director Gordon Wenk. “The Food and Agriculture Investment Fund grants are more than just an investment in business. They’re an investment in the state’s economy, its people, and its future.”

One local business was included in the grant awards.

Morgan Composting Inc., of Sears, will receive a $50,000 performance-based grant for building renovations and new machinery and equipment to support the growth of a new pellet mill that will convert livestock waste into fertilizer material for the agriculture industry. The project will require an investment of $421,000 and will lead to the creation of five new jobs at a facility in Marion.