Iowa dairy farmers planning to invest in new technology or expanded processing can now apply for state grants to finance part of their projects. Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig (NEGG, rhymes with “egg”) says the Dairy Innovation Grant Program is part of a broader effort to expand the amount of local food available to Iowa consumers and, in the course of doing that, provide Iowa farmers with more market opportunities. The state is awarding a million dollars in grants to expand processing at meat lockers around the state this year. Now, Naig’s agency is accepting applications for part of the 750-thousand dollars lawmakers set aside for grants to dairy farms with fewer than 50 employees. The deadline to apply for the grants is February 9th.