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·         USDA hosts webinar on USDA Assistance for Small Scale Meat Processing

·         Meat processor president says grants will help



USDA hosts webinar on USDA Assistance for Small Scale Meat Processing


Food Safety News by Marler Clark

July 27, 2020


Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. EDT,  the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering a free webinar, “USDA Assistance for Small Scale Meat Processing — An Overview of Rural Development and Food Safety Inspection Service Program Opportunities and Assistance.”


The USDA’s Rural Development offers loans, grants, and loan guarantees to assist small and very small meat processors, and USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service provides inspection services that broaden the marketplace for processors who are looking for more retail and commercial outlets.


The webinar will feature Secretary for Food Safety Mindy Brashears and Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand. She will explain how these opportunities and programs work together to support small scale meat processing.


Programs To Be Featured:


·         Business and Industry (B&I) Loan Guarantee Program

·         B&I CARES Act Program

·         Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Loan and Grant Program (REAP)

·         REAP Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants

·         Value-Added Producer Grants Program

·         Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program

·         Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program

·         Intermediary Relending Program

·         Federal and State Inspection Programs


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Meat processor president says grants will help


By Julie Harker, Brownfield

July 27, 2020


The president of the Missouri Association of Meat Processors says new grants through the Missouri Department of Agriculture will help small and medium processors better meet the growing consumer demand during the pandemic.


Roger Wibbenmeyer tells Brownfield Ag News most small processors have been flooded with business and they are months and months behind, especially those with kill facilities, “If this would allow them to possibly update equipment and make their process go smoother and quicker surely they would be able to run more animals through their facility.”


He says that holds true for non-kill processing plants, “Maybe larger mixer/grinders, better packaging equipment – it’s just endless what we could do to improve these businesses.”


He says the funds could also be used for workforce development. Wibbenmeyer says even though large processors are recovering, the demand for smaller processors isn’t going away...


more, including audio [4:32 min.]