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Promoting local meat processing

Rep. Chad Ingels spoke at a gathering last week to promote his bill to support small meat processors in Iowa.
Rep. Chad Ingels spoke at a gathering last week to promote his bill to support small meat processors in Iowa. The measure, which has passed the House, would seek to expand processing across the state by offering assistance to new and existing small meat lockers — those with fewer than 50 employees — in the form of grants, low-interest loans and forgivable loans to help them grow. PHOTO / COREY MUNSON

A bill recently approved by the Iowa House would create a program to offer small meat packers infrastructure funding with an eye to adding jobs and expanding processing capacity.

“Iowa’s small meat processors play a crucial role in our state’s livestock industry,” said state Rep. Chad Ingels of Randalia, who sponsored the measure. “Looking forward, I...




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