Connecting, Strengthening and Scaling Food Supply Chains in the Northwest and Rocky Mountain Region

Jim Auer

Montana Department of Agriculture

With Montana Department of Agriculture Jim has overseen the several grant and business development programs. He was the Department lead on the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program later being promoted to Grant Section Supervisor. While serving as Grant Section Supervisor Jim oversaw the Growth Through Agriculture program, a grant and loan program tasked with aiding Montana businesses in keeping up with advances in the agriculture industry. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Jim led on building and overseeing the Montana Meat Processing Infrastructure Grant and the Montana Agriculture Adaptability Program, awarding over $10 million dollars to support food businesses through the pandemic. Additionally, Jim has worked closely overseeing grant funding to the state’s Food and Agriculture Development Center network, a statewide network of business assistance organizations.
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