The dairy industry in Alaska just received a much needed boost in the form of two grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  

According to Chad Padgett, acting director of the USDA Rural Development office, details on the two grants include:

  • $175,000 grant for Kyle Beus to establish an ice cream production facility in Wasilla.
  • $475,000 grant will be used to develop an organic milk plant in Palmer. The grant money will be combined with the existing bottling facility to substantially reduce the capital investment needed to bring the organic milk plant online.

The $650,000 in funds originated from a $24 million appropriation that U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens won in 2002 to promote and further the dairy industry in Alaska. But the funds were never dispersed.

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