The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry was appropriated $10 million in federal funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, known as the CARES Act, to expand meat processing capacity and address supply chain disruptions as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The Agriculture Enhancement and Diversification Board received 196 applicants vying for $10 million in CARES Act grant funding. Of those 196, 40 locations received funding to improve and expand existing facilities and build new processing plants cross the state. Enid Packing Company, LCC and Chisholm Trail Meats, LCC both were Enid area recipients of funds.

“We had a tremendous response and were able to distribute funds to 40 different locations across our state,” said Sec. Blayne Arthur. “I do recognize that $10 million in grants will not resolve all of our challenges in the meat processing sector, however, I am confident this has created a solid foundation for increasing capacity in our state.”

The following locations received funding:

Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Goodwell
Fort Cobb Locker Plant, Fort Cobb
Freedom Processing, Duncan
Thompson Butcher Barn, Chouteau
Mitch’s Meat Market, Bristow
3F’s Poultry & Rabbit Processing            , Checotah
Weaver Meat Processing, Poteau
Homestead Meats & Processing, Guthrie
Kilgore Meat Processors, Stigler
M&M Custom Butchering, Miami
Kay’s Custom Company, McAlester
Enid Packing Company, LLC, Enid
Schwab & Company, Oklahoma City
O’Steen Meats, OKC
Chisholm Trail Meats, LLC, Enid
Rickman’s Custom Meat Processing, Soper
Scott Cattle Company, Reno
The Fatted Calf LLC, Geary
South Canadian Meats, LLC, Thomas
Magnolia Meats, Bennington
Eastern Oklahoma State College , Wilburton
Market 54, Weatherford
H&L Custom Processing, Coalgate
Keith’s Butchers Shop LLC, Burns Flat
Tonkawa Processing Corp, Tonkawa
5th Avenue Cattle Processing & Cattle Co. LLC, Sterling
Peck’s Custom Butchering, LLC, Dewey
Porters Custom Meat Processing LLC, Hugo
Stubblefield Meat Processing, Bristow
Nowakowski Custom Processing, Harrah
Chickasha Meat Company LLC, Chickasha
Walke Brothers Meat Processing, Inc., Catoosa
Green Country Premium Beef, Big Cabin
Cook’s Processing LLC, Miami
Lawton Meat Processing LLC, Lawton
Ralph’s Packing Company, Perkins
Mountain View Meats, Stilwell
Route 66 Meat Processing LLC, Sayre
Watson Farms Meat Processing, Council Hill
Mayes County Processing, Claremore

For a map showing the geographic distribution of the funds, Click or tap here.

“I look forward to seeing the impact these grants make on our industry,” said Sec. Arthur. “They are the gateway to mitigating risks of plant shutdowns and ensuring continued meat availability for consumers in our state.”