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June 15, 2020

USDA-NIFA grant to support food processing program

Michigan State University has been awarded $500,000 over the next five years to support the food processing certificate program offered through the Institute of Agricultural Technology in East Lansing and at community college partners.

The work at MSU is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and is part of a $4.8 million investment to support 12 projects that will offer workforce training by community colleges. These awards are made possible through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s Agricultural Workforce Training.

There are roughly 3,280 food processing facilities and food warehouses in Michigan, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The growing need to fill operator and middle management positions with skilled employees has continued to be an issue for the state.

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By: Beth Bonsall