Um, why are millions in federal funds going to wine, whiskey, rum makers?

Um, why are millions in federal funds going to wine, whiskey, rum makers?

[Ed. – Bueller?]

The federal government is giving out $9,213,303 in taxpayer funds to wineries, distilleries and orchards producing hard cider through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Value Added Producer grants (VAPG) program.

The recently released list of the 2016 VAPG awards includes $7,417,459 for those producing, marketing, and packaging wine. …

$1,250,000 was awarded for companies dealing with liquor. This includes a $250,000 award to Cane Land Distilling in Louisiana “to extract molasses and fresh sugar cane juice from Alma Plantation sugar cane and ferment and distill it into three product types: Rhum Agricole, Heavy Rum, and Light Rum.”…

Thousand Islands Winery LLC of New York was awarded $250,000 “to expand sales and promotion of rye whiskey and bourbon whiskey products.”

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