The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce the recipients of the $5 million in funding provided by the Arkansas CARES Act Steering Committee and the Arkansas Legislative Council for the Arkansas Meat Processing Grant Program.
The following 15 facilities were selected for funding:
- A&C Meat Company: Hot Springs, Arkansas
- B&R Meat Processing: Winslow, Arkansas
- CR Custom Meat Processing: Bismarck, Arkansas
- Cypress Valley Meat Company: Pottsville, Arkansas
- Deaton Slaughterhouse: Caddo Gap, Arkansas
- JACO Meats: Hope, Arkansas
- JD Custom Meat Processing: Greenwood, Arkansas
- Key’s Family Butcher Shop: Van Buren, Arkansas
- Miller’s Quality Processors of Arkansas: Dardanelle, Arkansas
- Natural State Processing: Clinton, Arkansas
- Ramsey’s Red River Smokehouse: Judsonia, Arkansas
- Ride Runners Processing: Jonesboro, Arkansas
- T&A Womack Farms: Pleasant Plains, Arkansas
- Tilton’s Processing: Harrison, Arkansas
- 4-M Butcher Barn: Gillham, Arkansas
A review committee consisting of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association, Arkansas Farm Bureau, the Livestock Marketing Association, Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry, the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, and the United States Department of Agriculture evaluated the applications and made the award selections.
The Department received 45 applications requesting a total of more than $30 million in grant funding. Selected recipients will receive 79.7 percent of the amount requested up to a cap of $500,000 per application.
Collectively, the applicants receiving awards anticipate increasing processing capacity by more than 1260 cattle, 850 hogs, 7,000 poultry, and eight goats and sheep per month. They also anticipate utilizing 180 full-time positions and 38 part-time positions.