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Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG)

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Closed August 2, 2021


The Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG) program assists currently operational meat and poultry slaughter and processing facilities in obtaining a Federal Grant of Inspection under the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) or the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA); or to operate as a State-inspected facility that is compliant with FMIA or PPIA under a respective Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) program.

The MPIRG focuses on:

  • Improving meat and poultry slaughter and processing capacity and efficiency;

  • Developing new and expanding existing markets;

  • Increasing capacity and better meeting consumer and producer demand;

  • Maintaining strong inspection and food safety standards;

  • Obtaining a larger commercial presence; and

  • Increasing access to slaughter/processing facilities for smaller farms and ranches, new and beginning farmers and ranchers, socially disadvantaged producers, veteran producers, and/or underserved communities.

Why would you want a Federal Grant of Inspection?

Obtaining a Federal Grant of Inspection affords you the ability to:

  • Sell your products through wholesale channels

  • Sell your products across state lines

  • Avoid the legal hassle of keeping your operation within an FSIS inspection exemption.

On the other hand, acquiring and maintaining a Federal Grant of Inspection comes with significant regulations and responsibilities. If the trade-off is worth it for your operation, MPIRG is a great opportunity to get a grant to help with that conversion.



Eligible Facilities

To be eligible for a grant, a meat or poultry slaughter or processing facility shall be--

  1. in operation as of the date on which the facility submits to an application for the grant; and

  2. seeking-

    1. to obtain a Federal grant of inspection. or

    2. to be eligible for inspection under a cooperative interstate shipment program (CIS) in a State that participates in that program.

Eligible Activities

A facility that receives a grant may use the grant amount for the below activities as long as the activities contribute to meeting the requirements of obtaining a Federal Grant of Inspection.

  1. the modernization or expansion of existing facilities;

  2. the modernization of equipment;

  3. compliance with packaging and labeling requirements under applicable law;

  4. compliance with safety requirements under applicable law

  5. the development of processes to ensure food safety; and

  6. such other purposes as the AMS determines to be appropriate.

_Ambrook Note: _

  • You are likely an eligible 'operating processing facility' if you slaughter animals on your farm for any business purpose. Even if you have never known it, you are likely operating under an FSIS inspection exemption.


This funding opportunity does not have a Federal cost-sharing or matching requirement for fiscal year 2021. Such information should not be included in the FY2021 submitted application. However, there is a $1:$1 matching requirement for subsequent MPIRG fiscal years (FY2022 and beyond). Therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to consider applying in FY2021. 


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Release Date

June 21, 2021


August 2, 2021


U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Financial Instrument

Grant, Cost Share

Maximum Award Amount


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Brooke Cagle

Updated October 6, 2021

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