Today, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director Alexis Taylor announced the launch of a six-week application period (February 9 – March 23 Noon PT) for the new Oregon Meat Processing Infrastructure and Capacity Building Grant. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for more options in meat processing for livestock raised in Oregon.
Grant awards will be capped at $500,000, recognizing the significant investment meat processing facilities and equipment requires. ODA anticipates the requests will exceed available funds; however, this investment will help support the long-term economic and market development.
The Oregon Meat Processing Infrastructure and Capacity Building Grant are open to all Oregon meat processors, including slaughter facilities who fall into one of three categories:
- Those planning to expand meat processing capacity to include animals raised in Oregon who also plan to operate under the State Meat Inspection Program; or
- Those planning to build a new establishment to process animals raised in Oregon who also plan to operate under the State Meat Inspection Program; or
- An official federal establishment is operating under USDA inspection also planning to increase meat processing from animals raised in Oregon.
In addition to the grant, ODA has also completed a draft plan to start a State Meat Inspection Program that is expected to begin in July 2022. The state’s program will be equal to USDA in all its requirements. Stay tuned for updates.
For the grant application form and more information about the Oregon Meat Processing Infrastructure and Capacity Grant, please visit the Oregon Meat Initiative webpage.