INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is accepting applications until Sept. 30 for grant funding to help grow the Hoosier livestock industry.

The money, which is available through matching grants, is for nonprofit organizations, commissions and associations that work with the following livestock species: cattle, swine, sheep, equine, goats, poultry, camelids, ostriches, cervidae, bison, aquaculture and rabbits.

“These grants are an effort to help grow the livestock industry in some way,” said Bruce Kettler, ISDA director.

He said the grants that are available are matching grants and ISDA will provide 50% of the funding and recipients will be expected to fund the other 50%.

Kettler said the competitive grants can be used for a variety of ways to grow the Indiana livestock industry, including youth livestock shows or farm-to-school projects.

“One school used the grants to raise livestock to use the meat in their school system and teach other kids about agriculture,” he said.

Winners of the grant funding will be announced in December.

For more information about the livestock grants or to apply, visit www.in.gov/isda/2474.htm.

Ashley Langreck can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 192, or alangreck@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Langreck.

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