Center for Rural Affairs 

Support For Independent Meat Processors Will Have Far-Reaching Benefits


January 20, 2022

If you recently bought meat from a local farmer, you are not alone. Over the past 22 months, millions of Americans quit overpaying at the grocery store and began buying food grown closer to home. This is good news for local livestock producers and the independent meat lockers they partner with.

While a bright spot during difficult times, this sudden increase in demand has brought its own set of challenges. Independent processors needed to scale up, and fast. This laid bare capacity shortages that have drawn the attention of state and federal officials across the country.

Last week, the Bi...

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