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CARES Act Money for Meat Processing Improvements Going to Forty Oklahoma Companies

Wed, 02 Sep 2020 04:48:33 CDT

CARES Act Money for Meat Processing Improvements Going to Forty Oklahoma Companies The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry was appropriated $10 million in federal funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, known as the CARES Act, to expand meat processing capacity and address supply chain disruptions as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The Agriculture Enhancement and Diversification Board received 196 applicants vying for $10 million in CARES Act grant funding. Of those 196, 40 locations received funding to improve and expand existing facilities and build new processing plants cross the state.

“We had a tremendous response and were able to distribute funds to 40 different locations across our state,” said Sec. Blayne Arthur. “I do recognize that $10 million in grants will not resolve all of our challenges in the meat processing sector, however, I am confident this has created a solid foundation for increasing capacity in our state.”   

The following locations received funding:

    Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Goodwell
    Fort Cobb Locker Plant, Fort Cobb
    Freedom Processing, Duncan
    Thompson Butcher Barn, Chouteau
    Mitch's Meat Market, Bristow
    3F's Poultry & Rabbit Processing            , Checotah
    Weaver Meat Processing, Poteau
    Homestead Meats & Processing, Guthrie
    Kilgore Meat Processors, Stigler
    M&M Custom Butchering, Miami
    Kay's Custom Company, McAlester
    Enid Packing Company, LLC, Enid
    Schwab & Company, Oklahoma City
    O'Steen Meats, OKC
    Chisholm Trail Meats, LLC, Enid
    Rickman's Custom Meat Processing, Soper
    Scott Cattle Company, Reno
    The Fatted Calf LLC, Geary
    South Canadian Meats, LLC, Thomas
    Magnolia Meats, Bennington
    Eastern Oklahoma State College , Wilburton
    Market 54, Weatherford
    H&L Custom Processing, Coalgate
    Keith's Butchers Shop LLC, Burns Flat
    Tonkawa Processing Corp, Tonkawa
    5th Avenue Cattle Processing & Cattle Co. LLC, Sterling
    Peck’s Custom Butchering, LLC, Dewey
    Porters Custom Meat Processing LLC, Hugo
    Stubblefield Meat Processing, Bristow
    Nowakowski Custom Processing, Harrah
    Chickasha Meat Company LLC, Chickasha
    Walke Brothers Meat Processing, Inc., Catoosa
    Green Country Premium Beef, Big Cabin
    Cook's Processing LLC, Miami
    Lawton Meat Processing LLC, Lawton
    Ralph's Packing Company, Perkins
    Mountain View Meats, Stilwell
    Route 66 Meat Processing LLC, Sayre
    Watson Farms Meat Processing, Council Hill
    Mayes County Processing, Claremore

For a map showing the geographic distribution of the funds, Click or tap here.

“I look forward to seeing the impact these grants make on our industry,” said Sec. Arthur. “They are the gateway to mitigating risks of plant shutdowns and ensuring continued meat availability for consumers in our state.”

Photo used above is of an assortment of products produced by the one of forty winners of the CARES Act money- Ralphs of Perkins, Oklahoma.

Source- ODAFF



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