Local business receives grant

An Upshur County business has been awarded a federal grant to help it in the marketing its products.

Fish Hawk Acres in Rock Cave has been given $45,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Value-Added Producer Grants. These grants help agricultural producers increase their income by expanding marketing opportunities, creating new products or developing new uses for existing products.

The company will use the money to aid its marketing efforts for its salsa, salsa verde and Bloody Mary mix made from tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, cilantro and tamillos.

Fish Hawk Acres was one of 110 companies across the country to receive funding.

“This support will benefit rural businesses and the communities where the recipients are located,” Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “These awards also will advance the USDA’s goals to develop a bio-based economy and support local and regional food systems.”

The awards included 11 bio-based projects, ranging from converting corn stover to anhydrous ammonia and converting sorghum to electricity and fertilizer. Value-Added Producer Grants are an important element of the USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative. Since the start of the Obama Administration, the program has helped more than 600 agricultural producers and rural businesses.