Meat Processing

Bureau of Land Management

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated a backlog in the meat processing industry. So Gov. Mark Gordon is directing $10 million in federal CARES Act funding to help Wyoming processors expand their operations.

The Meat Processing Expansion grant program hopes to address supply chain issues many producers and processors are facing.

Kamila Kudelska

On a hot, sunny day in Ten Sleep, Wyoming, Annia Carter diligently walked out into a pond across the road from her house.

Meatpacking plants across the Mountain West and the country are under intense scrutiny as they continue to face COVID-19 outbreaks.


Keith Weller / US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service

The Wyoming Business Council has released a new report summarizing the status of the state's beef industry.

Central Wyoming College

Students at Central Wyoming College will soon be able to learn the ins-and-outs of livestock slaughtering and meat processing. That's thanks to a nearly $800,000 grant from Wyoming Works, a statewide program aimed at helping adult students develop vocational skills and secure employment.

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Ranchers and a ranching lobbying group are suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture over new requirements for tracking cattle that crosses state lines.

Melodie Edwards

It's not just in big cities that people are buying up kale and bison jerky. Rural Wyomingites are trolling farmer's markets for purple tomatoes and emu oil, too. The state now has 49 farmer’s markets that have done over two million dollars in revenue just this year. But some farmers and food advocates who want to expand the availability of artisan foods say Wyoming is struggling with some deep challenges. 

In his pumpkin patch, eleven-year-old Michael Shaw pokes around under broad, drooping leaves. He’s not sure of any of the names because he lost his seed map.