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New USDA study identifies local gaps in meat processing

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WILLMAR -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a preliminary study revealing existing gaps within regional food systems regarding the availability of slaughter facilities for small meat and poultry producers.

The study, by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, is a first attempt to identify areas in the U.S. where small livestock and poultry producers are concentrated, but may not have access to a nearby slaughter facility.

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