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Crouch: Small meat processors important to Indiana - WISH-TV

Crouch: Small meat processors important to Indiana - WISH-TV

(IIB photo by Wes Mills) INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — Forty small, regional meat processors in Indiana have received nearly $4 million in federal CARES Act funding to help offset the impact of COVID-19.“The CARES Act money just enabled us to provide a little support for these independent meat processors,” said Crouch.The program was made available to existing meat processors with fewer than 500 employees, meaning companies like Tyson Foods were not eligible.” When the state’s largest processors, like Tyson Foods in Logansport, were closed for several weeks due to a high number of positive cases of COVID among their workers, smaller, local processors tried to boost production.

Crouch says that even before the pandemic, the five-year strategy for ISDA was to throw additional resources to the local processors to help farmers.Suzanne Crouch and ISDA Director Bruce Kettler view some of the products available at Sander Processing in Celestine, Indiana.

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