SUBMITTED PHOTO FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Dennis Murphy, Scott Weber, Terry Murphy, Jamie Daubendiek, Tina Beaman, Peg Raney, Amy Milligan, Matt Wetrich

New Jefferson business receives funds for start-up

Special to the Jefferson Herald

A new business in Jefferson has been awarded $5,000 in Jefferson Wants You Incentive Funds for a new start-up. Murphy Farm Meats, LLC is owned by Dennis and Terry Murphy of rural Jefferson. The new butcher shop will be located at 201 W Washington in Jefferson. A retail area for fresh meat cuts will be in the front of the building with custom butchering in the rear area. The Murphys have been raising their own beef which they will butcher with plans to also sell pork, lamb and goat. Watch for opening information of their shop in the near future.

The Murphys currently host a Facebook page and a website with opportunities for purchase of meat.

New business start-ups in Jefferson are eligible to apply for one-time start-up costs of up to $5,000 through the Jefferson Wants You Incentive Fund. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a partner offering free business consultation with North Central Iowa regional director Justin Faiferlick at This is a project of the Economic Vitality Team of Jefferson Matters with local committee members reviewing applications and conducting interviews.

Remote workers who already live in Greene County or are locating here are eligible to apply for a one year membership of flexible seating at Gravitate Coworking at 202 E State, Jefferson.

Find the applications at under Grow Here; Entrepreneurial. This project started as a Rural Return project funded in 2022 through local utilities, financial institutions, and a grant from Grow Greene County.

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