Iowa Launches Meat Processing Expansion And Development Program
25 Aug 2020
A new Meat Processing Expansion and Development Program has been launched in the state of Iowa. The state’s small meat and poultry processors (defined as 25 employees or fewer) have felt significant increases in demand due to pandemic-related supply chain disruptions. To support these local processors, Reynolds has allocated $2 million in CARES Act funding to three grant programs administered by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS).
“Iowa is at the foundation of our global food supply chain and the epicenter of the renewable fuels industry,” says Iowa governor Kim Reynolds. “COVID-19 and a devastating derecho dealt a major blow to everything from the demand for ethanol to the supply of meat on grocery store shelves. But just as important are the livelihoods of thousands of Iowa farm families, agricultural industries, and the communities they support. Today’s investment reflects the critical role Iowa’s ag industry has in our state’s overall economic recovery.”