Coronavirus Relief Fund
Meat Processing Capacity
COVID-19 has strained our food supply system unlike anything we have seen before. This strain has been particularly hard on meat processors like you, who have been working around the clock to assist farmers and process their animals.
To combat this, Governor Noem has directed $5,000,000 in Coronavirus Relief Funds to the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) to provide grants to small meat processors to make immediate impacts to meat processing capacity. SDDA is now seeking applicants who plan to increase their processing capacity to meet demand brought on by the pandemic. The program will reimburse processors a portion of expenses dependent on the total amount of eligible applications received and approved.
Grants are available to meat processors located in South Dakota with fewer than 60 employees meeting one of the following criteria:
- - State inspected "equal to" slaughter and/or processing plants;
- - Licensed custom-exempt slaughter plants, or
- - Very small federally inspected plants
The applicant understands that reimbursement amounts are based upon the applicable and reasonable project cost(s) provided by the applicant. Processor eligible expenses must make an immediate impact on the State's capacity to process or store South Dakota raised protein, including beef, pork, poultry, lamb, and bison.
Applications are due May 1, 2021, and should include:
- List of equipment planned to be purchased with estimated cost(s)
- Description of upgrade(s)
- Description of how this will improve the efficiency of processing activities and/or increase volume
Awards will be announced on May 25, 2021
For more info, contact: Brian Pontious, (605)-773-5559, or firstname.lastname@example.org