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BEEF PLANT: The DemKota beef processing plant in Aberdeen, S.D., is seen from the air. South Dakota Farmers Union is in talks with its members about purchasing the DemKota plant.

South Dakota Farmers Union considers beef plant purchase

Dakota Digest: North Dakota has announced a new cost-sharing program for meat processing plants.

South Dakota Farmers Union is floating the idea that farmers should buy the DemKota beef processing planting in Aberdeen, S.D. The plant currently processes about 1,000 animals a day and is owned by a California investment firm.

According to news reports, SDFU is talking to its counterparts in Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana about joining with regional beef and dairy cattle groups about making an offer to buy the plant.

Cost-share for meat processing plants

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring announced a new $1.3 cost-sharing program for state inspected and custom exempt meat processing plants. The money can be used to upgrade facilities and equipment to increase capacity.

“North Dakota has some of the best genetics and quality of livestock,” Goehring said in a statement. “This program creates more local opportunities to add value.”

MoDak Dairy’s open house cancelled

The annual open house at MoDak Dairy, Goodwin, S.D., scheduled for June 13, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.

Beef Relief Program donates $20,000

The North Dakota Stockmens Association’s Beef Relief Program is donating $20,000 to the Great Plains Food Bank to purchase beef from North Dakota ranchers. The Great Plains Food Bank supplies more than 200 food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and charitable feeding programs with products.

North Dakota State Fair cancelled

“Now it is really summer!” was the theme of the North Dakota State Fair. But the state fair, usually held in July, has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Renae Korslien, general manager of the state fair, says the staff is determined “to make next year’s state fair even greater, when it is safer for us to be together again.”

No Friends and Neighbors Day

The Area 4 Research Farm and USDA-ARS Northern Great Plains Research Lab, Mandan, N.D., has cancelled their annual July Friends and Neighbors Day at the USDA-ARS research facility.

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