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Rural Montana Women Turn 'Side Project' into Profitable Operation

Nestled in the heart of central Montana’s Fergus County sits the town of Hilger, home to the Montana RancHers Beef Co. This woman-owned beef production business, which formed in 2020 during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, is a collaborative three-family operation that raises, processes, and sells grass-fed Black Angus beef cattle.

In 2021, they applied for and received a $49,954 USDA Rural Development Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) to fund business expenses related to processing, packaging, and marketing their product.  

"One of the reasons why we consider this business so important is because of an increased demand by consumers wanting to know where their food is coming from,” said Abby Majerus, a co-owner of Montana RancHers. “Several people who drive by our ranches and see cattle grazing in the fields are our customers, so they know where their beef products are coming from.”

Read the rest at USDA Rural Development


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