A local flower farm is among 28 recipients of a Choose Iowa cost-share grant.
Clovergold Flower Farm in Newell is getting 37-hundred dollars to increase their floral production and drought mitigation.
The total amount of the Choose Iowa grants awarded this year is 463-thousand dollars. They were created to assist Iowa farmers, businesses, and non-profits with their efforts to increase or diversify their agricultural product offerings, expand markets, and shorten the supply chain. The grants will support a wide variety of projects including Iowa grown flowers, cold storage for meat, fruit and vegetable processing, expanding processing of dairy products, cider production from Iowa grown apples, and more.
The cost-share dollars leverage additional private investment. The grants are coming from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and were announced this week by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig.