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Michigan receives funds to improve meat processing capacity

Claudio Schwarz

Sick of turkey yet? One of the state’s largest turkey processing facilities was awarded over a million dollars Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve the efficiency of meat processing in Michigan.

Brandon Fewins is the Michigan rural development director of the USDA. He said meat processors gobbled up the opportunity for federal funding after the pandemic hit.

"Supply chains were gunked up for almost a couple solid years due to the pandemic, and we were able—the country—to better be able to identify domestically where our pinch points are in the supply chain process," he said.

Fewins said supply chain improvements are continuously being made, so consumers can expect the funding to make an impact soon. However, Fewins isn’t sure how the price of turkeys at the store will change.

The grant funding was part of a broader federal package through the American Rescue Plan with Missouri and Ohio to improve meat and poultry capacity.

Ben Jodway is an intern, serving as a reporter for WCMU Public Media and the Pioneer in Big Rapids. He has covered Indigenous communities and political extremism in Michigan.