OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — 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 across the state.  

“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, visit this link: https://bit.ly/2QNXHAM 

“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.”