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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01)

October 20, 2020

Press Release

Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) on Wednesday announced a $49,990 USDA Rural Development grant for the Pivo Brewery in Calmar to expand hard cider production and sales using locally grown apples and pears.

The grant is part of a program that assists agricultural producers in establishing or expanding markets for value-added products. The $49,990 grant will be matched with an equal investment from the brewery.

“Dynamic small businesses are essential to the economic health of rural Iowa — especially when they’re rooted in diversified, local agriculture,” Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer said. “This grant is an investment not just in one small business, but in creative economic development that makes rural Iowa a more attractive place to visit and a more welcoming place to live.”