This past week, I had a very informative meeting with Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur and her team from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF). We discussed a wide range of issues faced by producers in Oklahoma.
One of the biggest issues we touched on is the allocation of $10 million in federal CARES Act dollars for meat processing plants in the state. When COVID-19 quickly spread across Oklahoma, many found that the meat they were looking for at the grocery store was not in stock. The pandemic caused a supply shortage across the country due to packing and processing plants closing down from COVID outbreaks and breaks in the supply and transportation chain.
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