The Indiana State Department of Agriculture has awarded $4 million to 41 Indiana meat processing businesses through the Indiana Meat Processing Expansion and 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," says 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 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," says 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 by awardee, location and amount:
- Brewer Livestock, North Vernon $58,500
- Brushy Prairie Packing, Inc., LaGrange $118,300
- Butcher Bob's, Inc., LaGrange $20,000
- Cannelburg Processing, Cannelburg $25,900
- D and 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 Company, Portland $150,000
- Heritage Meat Haus, LaOtto $112,700
- IFG Processing, Ladoga $61,100
- Integrity Meats, Churubusco $98,600
- J and J Quality Meats, LLC, Bourbon $150,000
- Jackson County Custom Processing, Seymour $17,300
- John's Butcher Shop, Nappanee $150,000
- Knightstown Locker, Knightstown $150,000
- Krider's Meat Processing, Columbia City $19,900
- Manley Meats, Inc., Decatur $150,000
- Merkley and Sons Packing, Jasper $96,000
- Monon Meat Packing and Catering, Monon $62,000
- Munsee Meats, Muncie $150,000
- Napoleon Locker Plant, Napoleon $8,500
- Odon Locker Inc., Odon $75,700
- Old Major Market, Indianapolis $144,500
- Oliver's Butcher Shop, Union City $78,900
- Parrett's Meat Processing & Catering, Flora $64,000
- Pate's Processing, Hanover $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 Foods, Cambridge City $150,000
- Saint Adrian Meats and Sausage, Lebanon $47,300
- Sander Processing, Celestine $150,000
- Sims Meat Processing, LaPorte $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