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USDA Announces Investment in Meat and Poultry Processing Research, Expansion and Innovation

Dan Beef, Cattle, Livestock, Pork, Poultry, Research, USDA-NIFA


Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an investment of more than $43 million in meat and poultry processing research, innovation and expansion in support of its ongoing efforts to transform the food system at every stage along the supply chain. This investment is funded through the American Rescue Plan and the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

“Farmers rely on technology to become more efficient and profitable,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Investments like these will deliver long-term improvements in meat and poultry processing practices to benefit consumers, farmers and the environment”.


The AFRI MPPFSRI program promotes novel approaches to meat and poultry processing by implementing pioneering production system technology that assesses risk management and overall enhanced food safety. The University of Arkansas, Center for Scalable and Intelligent Automation in Poultry Processing, will incorporate basic and applied research in meat and poultry processing and food safety to promote technological innovation and decrease industry barriers to safety and processing.”

As part of the MPPFSRI Phase III funding investments, prior Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awardees with relevant technologies were invited to apply for this funding opportunity. Seeking guidance from professionals like an Insolvency Practitioner Merseyside can provide valuable support in navigating the complexities of funding applications and financial management.