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IOWA HOUSE PROPOSES HELP FOR BUTCHER SHOPS & MEAT LOCKERS

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A PLAN IN THE IOWA HOUSE WOULD PROVIDE 750-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN GRANTS TO HELP EXPAND SMALL MEAT LOCKERS WITH FEWER THAN 50 EMPLOYEES.

IN ADDITION TO THE MONEY, A BILL THAT’S PASSED THE HOUSE WOULD SET UP A TASK FORCE TO STUDY CREATION OF A BUTCHER PROGRAM AT A COMMUNITY COLLEGE OR IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY.

REPRESENTATIVE PHIL THOMPSON OF JEFFERSON SAYS THE PANDEMIC HIGHLIGHTED THE NEED FOR SMALL-SCALE, LOCAL MEAT PROCESSING.

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THE PROPOSED STATE GRANTS COULD BE USED TO BUY MORE SPACE OR EQUIPMENT, FOR MEAT LOCKERS.

THE MONEY IS INCLUDED IN A SEPARATE BILL FOR THE IOWA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY — THE STATE AGENCY THAT WOULD HAND OUT THE GRANTS.

REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS HALL OF SIOUX CITY SAYS THERE’S A DEFINITE NEED, SINCE MANY IOWA MEAT LOCKERS AREN’T TAKING ORDERS UNTIL 2022 OR 2023.

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REPRESENTATIVE CHAD INGELS, A FARMER FROM RANDALIA, IS THE BILL’S SPONSOR.

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NEBRASKA’S LEGISLATURE IS CONSIDERING A DIFFERENT ROUTE.

THAT BILL WOULD LET CONSUMERS BUY SHARES IN LIVE ANIMALS,

THE LIVESTOCK WOULD BE SLAUGHTERED AND PROCESSED BY A CUSTOM BUTCHER AND THE MEAT WOULD NOT BE SUBJECT TO FEDERAL INSPECTION.

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