Oklahoma town gets $500,000 for butterfly farming

(AP Photo/Sang Tan)

OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has paid $500,000 to help an Oklahoma town raise and sell butterflies.

The Tulsa World reports Monday that the department awarded the money to the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town in July. The grants will support a partnership between the tribe and the Euchee Butterfly Farm called the Raising Natives project.

The money is from a USDA program that aims to develop emerging businesses in rural areas. The grant is the largest awarded this year by the program.

About 50 people have signed up for the program. Many of those have received butterfly farming starter kits. The grant is expected to help 100 to 300 people sell butterflies.

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