Mathis Joins Vilsack for $10M Ag Waste Grant Program Announcement

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Iowa state Senator Liz Mathis talk with director of operations Josie Rozum during an event at Dan and Debie’s Creamery in Ely, Iowa on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. Vilsack toured the creamery and announced funding for a new program created under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

ELY — For U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, infrastructure is not just about investing in roads and bridges and broadband internet. It’s also about investing in the future and inspiring innovation, he says.

Like using corn to make yoga pants. Or using anaerobic digestion on a cattle feedlot to break down manure and food waste into methane that can generate electricity.

At an event Tuesday at Dan and Debbie’s Creamery in Ely, the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and former Iowa governor announced funding for a program created under the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill signed into law by President Joe Biden.

“Dan and Debbie represent the many American farmers, families and communities USDA is called to serve,” Vilsack said. “This pilot program is a critical part of USDA’s commitment to enhancing the circular economy and providing additional revenue streams for farmers. This program will help farmers take field residues and waste products and turn them into value-added products that create wealth and drive economic development in rural areas.”