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INDIANA (Nov. 23, 2020) —Announced today, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture awarded $4 million to 41 Indiana meat processing businesses through the Indiana Meat Processing Expansion & Development Grant Program. This funding was allocated to offset the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on local and small meat-processing agribusinesses in Indiana.

“Processing plants in our state are essential and this funding will help with a variety of necessities to strengthen this sector of our food supply chain,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. “These grants will address issues caused by COVID-19 and help meet consumer demands in both normal and emergency situations.”

With a 50% cash match requirement for this grant opportunity, a total of at least $8 million will be invested in the Indiana small meat processing economy as a result of the grant program. 

Funding was made available through Indiana’s allocation of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) dollars and was announced by Crouch. This funding was delegated via a competitive grant and was scored by representatives across a variety of both external organizations and state agencies.

The funding was provided to address impacts and cover expenses incurred due to the coronavirus pandemic. The awardees can use the funding in a variety of ways so long as it aims to improve food supply resilience through promoting worker safety, expanding meat processing capacity and/or increasing slaughter. Many businesses are using the grants to purchase equipment or modify their facilities for increased efficiency. Some are using the funding to train additional staff and purchase personal protective equipment. The 41 awarded meat processors are Hoosier businesses with less than 500 employees.

“The coronavirus pandemic highlighted our nation’s delicate food supply chain, and it was clear we need workable options to get meat to markets and to protect consumers from supply chain disruptions,” said ISDA Director Bruce Kettler. “Meat processers are essential for our state, contributing more than $3.9 billion to our economy. It is vital we keep these businesses growing and operating safely.”

The application process showed the industry had a significant need with 60 applicants and a total of $6.8 million in funding requests. The list below highlights the 41 selected awardees and ISDA encourages Hoosier consumers to find a processor nearest them to shop local this holiday season. 

The list of awardees are as follows:

 

Awardee, Location, Amount

Brewer LivestockNorth Vernon $58,500

 

Brushy Prairie Packing, Inc., LaGrange $118,300

 

Butcher Bob's, Inc., LaGrange $20,000

 

Cannelburg Processing, Cannelburg $25,900

 

D & D Meat Processing, Corunna $150,000

 

Dewig Bros. Packing Co., Inc.Haubstadt $150,000 

 

Ferdinand Processing, Inc.Ferdinand $37,000

 

First Capitol Meats, Inc., Corydon $79,100

 

Fisher Packing CompanyPortland $150,000

 

Heritage Meat Haus, LaOtto $112,700

 

IFG Processing, Ladoga $61,100

 

Integrity MeatsChurubusco $98,600

 

J & J Quality Meats, LLCBourbon $150,000

 

Jackson County Custom Processing, Seymour $17,300

 

John's Butcher ShopNappanee $150,000

 

Knightstown LockerKnightstown $150,000

 

Krider's Meat ProcessingColumbia City $19,900

 

Manley Meats, Inc.Decatur $150,000

 

Merkley and Sons Packing, Jasper $96,000

 

Monon Meat Packing & Catering, Monon $62,000

 

Munsee MeatsMuncie $150,000

 

Napoleon Locker Plant, Napoleon $8,500

 

Odon Locker Inc., Odon $75,700

 

Old Major MarketIndianapolis $144,500

 

Oliver's Butcher ShopUnion City $78,900

 

Parrett's Meat Processing & CateringFlora $64,000

 

Pate's ProcessingHanover $97,700

 

Paxton Enterprises, Clinton $81,000

 

Pig's Tale Charcuterie Co.Indianapolis $16,800

 

Rice's Quality Farm Meat, Inc.Spencer $99,300

 

Rihm FoodsCambridge City $150,000

 

Saint Adrian Meats & SausageLebanon $47,300

 

Sander ProcessingCelestine $150,000

 

Sims Meat ProcessingLaPorte $150,000

 

Slabaugh Meat Processing, Inc., Nappanee $59,300

 

Sugar Rock Farms Meat Processing, Westport $150,000

 

The Market at Swayzee, Swayzee $20,600

 

This Old Farm, Inc.Colfax $150,000

 

Tri Eagle Provisions, Inc., Gary $150,000

 

White's Meat Market, Kokomo $150,000

 

Yoder's Meats and Cheese Co., Inc.Shipshewana $150,000

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To download the Indiana Meat Processing Expansion & Development Grant Program image as a PDF, click here.

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