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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


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

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