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New USDA processing grants to boost capacity for packers, producers

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says new grants aimed at expanding meat and poultry processing capacity will create markets for rural America.

Speaking with reporters at Greater Omaha Packing Wednesday, Vilsack told reporters funds from the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program will strengthen the supply chain and support regional food systems. “They’ll reduce barriers to processing.  They’ll allow competition at scale.  They’ll create jobs and, over time, they’ll create greater choices for consumers and lower costs.”

Greater Omaha Packing is receiving a $20 million grant and President Mike Drury says it will help expand capacity by almost 200,000 head annually.

New USDA processing grants to boost capacity for packers, producers

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