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Grange Co-op receives $1.5M grant for organic mill expansion

The USDA's Organic Market Development Program awards Grange Co-op in Oregon a grant to enhance its mill capacity for organic grains.

KOBI-TV NBC5's Derek Strom reported that Grange Co-op in Central Point, Oregon has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the US Department of Agriculture to expand the capacity of its mill. The grant, received through the Organic Market Development Program.

The Organic Market Development Program is a grant program administered to support the growth and expansion of organic agriculture and organic food products. The program aims to enhance the competitiveness of organic products in the marketplace, promote the development of local and regional organic food systems, and provide support for organic farmers and businesses. 

The funds will be used to purchase new equipment to expand the capacity for organic grains at the mill. The company anticipates that this expansion will likely lead to the creation of more jobs in the Central Point community. Additionally, the Grange Co-op plans to use the grant to develop marketing and promotional activities to promote US organic grain feed products over international ones. This initiative is expected to benefit both the company and local organic farmers in the Rogue Valley.

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