USDA Rural Development Announces $730,000 Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Grant – News/Talk KRMS 1150 AM, 97.5 FM & 103.3 FM

Kyle Wilkens, director of rural development for the state of Missouri at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announced today that the department is providing a $730,000 grant under the Processing Expansion Program Meat and Poultry (MPPEP). “USDA Rural Development works hard to provide farmers, ranchers and small businesses with fair market conditions. This helps reduce food costs and increase product quality for people in rural Missouri,” said USDA State Director of Rural Development Kyle Wilkens. “By helping independent processing projects increase processing capacity, these investments are creating more opportunities for farmers and ranchers to compete in the marketplace and create new jobs in rural Missouri.”

Today’s announcement:

  • Zimmermann meats will receive a $730,000 MPPEP grant for the expansion of wholesale meat processing operations. Zimmerman Meats LLC, together with its affiliate holding company, operates a meat harvesting and processing plant in rural southern Missouri, employing 20 people and serving local producers, wholesale customers and retail consumers throughout the region. . The company is in the midst of a long-term expansion project. Zimmerman Meats is preparing to undertake the final phase of the project: expanding and upgrading its capabilities and further processing capabilities. Geographic scope: MO and AR producers

Background: Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP)

The MPPEP was designed to support capacity expansion projects in concert with other private and public financing tools. Today’s announcement is the first round of funding made available under MPEPP Phase I. Further announcements are expected in the coming weeks. The USDA will also soon begin receiving applications for a new phase of deployment of an additional $225 million nationwide, for a total of up to $375 million, to provide surge funding for development projects. independent processing plants that meet a demonstrated need for more diversified processing capacity.

To learn more about rural investment resources, visit or contact the nearest USDA Missouri Rural Development office.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunity, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This aid supports the improvement of infrastructure; Business development; lodging; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed Internet access in rural, tribal and very poor areas. For more information, visit

The USDA touches the lives of all Americans every day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris administration, the USDA is transforming the US food system with greater emphasis on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe food, healthy and nutritious in all communities, creating new markets and income streams for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in clean energy infrastructure and capacity in the rural America, and committing to equity across the department by removing systemic barriers and creating a workforce that is more representative of America. To learn more, visit

Contact USDA Rural Development

Information about programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by visiting, calling (573) 876-0976, or emailing [email protected] .

USDA Rural Development has 25 offices across the state to serve the 2.2 million people living in rural Missouri. Offices include a state office in Colombia, as well as local offices in Butler, Charleston, Chillicothe, Clinton, Dexter, Eldon, Farmington, Higginsville, Houston, Kennett, Kirksville, Maryville, Mexico, Moberly, Neosho, New London, Poplar Bluff, Richmond, Rolla, Sedalia, Springfield, St. Joseph, Troy and West Plains.

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