State offers $20 million in pandemic relief for meat, poultry processors

The Missouri Department of Agriculture on Wednesday announced a program to support meat and poultry processing facilities to address supply chain disruptions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Through the grant program, $20 million from the federal CARES Act will be directed to meat and poultry facilities that employ fewer than 200 people.

Grant projects should aim to improve food supply resilience through increasing livestock or poultry slaughter, or promoting worker safety in the face of COVID-19. Grants may also reimburse workforce assistance, equipment, capital improvements and other eligible costs incurred from March through mid-November.

A maximum of $200,000 is available to establishments that are federal- and state-inspected and conduct slaughter. Federal- and state-inspected facilities that process meat and poultry, but do not conduct slaughter, qualify for up to $100,000. Custom exempt meat processing and slaughter facilities can apply for up to $20,000.

Applications will be accepted through Aug. 31. The deadline for all expenditure and reimbursement documentation is Nov. 30.

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