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USDA Rural Development Announces $730,000 Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Grant

Antonia Varner
Release Date

Grant For Expansion of Wholesale Meat Processing Operations 

COLUMBIA, MO., November 3, 2022 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Missouri State Director Kyle Wilkens today announced that the Department is awarding $730,000 grant through the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP). “USDA Rural Development works hard to provide farmers, ranchers and small businesses a level playing field in the marketplace. This helps lower food costs and increases quality products for rural Missourians,” said USDA Rural Development State Director Kyle Wilkens. “By assisting independent processing projects in increasing processing capacity, these investments create more opportunities for farmers and ranchers to compete in the market and create new jobs in rural Missouri.” 

Today’s announcement:

  • Zimmerman Meats will receive a $730,000 MPPEP Grant for the expansion of wholesale meat processing operations. Zimmerman Meats LLC, together with its affiliate holding company, operates a meat harvest and processing plant in rural southern Missouri, employing 20 people and serving local producers, wholesale clients, and retail consumers across the region. The business is in the midst of a long-range expansion project.  Zimmerman Meats is preparing to undertake the final project phase: the expansion and upgrade of its further processing capabilities and capacity.
    Geographic Scope: Producers MO and AR 

Background: Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP)

MPPEP was designed to support capacity expansion projects in concert with other private and public finance tools. Today’s announcement is the first round of funding made available through Phase I of MPEPP. Additional announcements are expected in the coming weeks. USDA will also soon begin taking applications for a new phase to deploy an additional $225 million nationwide, for a total of up to $375 million, to provide gap financing for independent processing plant projects that fill a demonstrated need for more diversified processing capacity. To learn more about investment resources for rural areas, visit www.rd.usda.gov or contact the nearest USDA Rural Development Missouri office.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety, and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, tribal, and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean-energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.

Contact USDA Rural Development

Information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by visiting www.rd.usda.gov/mo, by calling (573) 876-0976, or by emailing RDMissouri@usda.gov.

USDA Rural Development has 25 offices across the state to serve the 2.2 million residents living in rural Missouri. Office locations include a state office in Columbia, along with local offices in Butler, Charleston, Chillicothe, Clinton, Dexter, Eldon, Farmington, Higginsville, Houston, Kennett, Kirksville, Maryville, Mexico, Moberly, Neosho, New London, Poplar Bluff, Richmond, Rolla, Sedalia, Springfield, St. Joseph, Troy, and West Plains.

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