Stong is receiving a value-added producer grant for 49-thousand 500-dollars awarded to help Preferred Produce provide high-quality vegetables to more people at a lower cost.
A media release says the company plans to create an additional job that will pay more than twice the wages paid at most Luna County farms.
In addition, Preferred Produce plans to provide high-nutrition vegetables to area school children and increase food safety for its customers through providing locally produced vegetables delivered to consumers within eight hours of harvest.
The U-S-D-A Value-Added Grant Program provides financial support for planning activities and for working capital to market value-added agricultural products and for farm-based renewable energy.
Preferred Produce is located at 23485 Columbus Road. The ceremony to celebrate the successful application of funds is set for this Thursday at 11:30 a-m.