Westmoreland wine producer among USDA rural grant recipients

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A Westmoreland agricultural producer is among four selected to receive USDA funding to help develop new products and expand his operation.

Roy Garrett is receiving a $38,100 Value-Added Producer Grant from USDA Rural Development. Garrett is starting a wine production company and has an existing vineyard and has degrees in enology and viticulture from Highland Community College. Project funds will be used to rent a space at the college winery business incubator and tasting room and provide supplies, packaging and marketing.

Elsewhere, a $250,000 grant is being awarded to KC Pumpkin Patch, LLC in Olathe to expand production and distribution of its “Vine” coolers. It will enter a contract to sell the product at Kansas City Royals games.

Edgerton’s White Tail Winery is receiving a little over $24,000 to begin production of a new sparkling wine.

Valley Center’s Elderslie, LLC is getting a nearly $99,000 grant to provide working capital to expand production of its cheeses and gelato.

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