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Lexington winery awarded USDA grant

Lexington’s Mac Creek Winery received a $176,018 value added products grant by the United State Department of Agriculture.

The grant will be used to expand the winery’s market area to eastern and western Nebraska through the execution of a marketing campaign that involves multiple media avenues.

The borrower will be providing their own matching funds for 51% of the project and will create two jobs and save two jobs as a result of the project, in a community of 10,230 in population.

The winery is family owned and operated by the McFarlands. The vineyard is 12 acres and lies along the banks of Spring Creek. Ten different types of grapes, including red and white varieties are used to create 15 different wines.

The funding is being provided through USDA Rural Development’s Value-Added Producer Grant program. The program helps agricultural producers increase their income by expanding marketing opportunities, creating new products and developing new uses for existing products.

The grants can be used for a wide range of purposes. They can support local and regional food systems, further the development of the growing bioeconomy, and finance the distribution of local and regional products.

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