USDA says more than $200M will help meat processors expand


              U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, left, speaks at a news conference as Greater Omaha Packing CEO Henry Davis, center, and Iowa farmer Dan Pedersen look on, at Greater Omaha Packing's beef processing plant in Omaha, Neb., on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. Vilsack announced more than $200 million of grants and loans to help small and medium-sized meat processing companies expand to increase competition. (AP Photo/Josh Funk)
            
              Workers carve up beef at stations separated by plastic dividers at the Greater Omaha Packing beef processing plant in Omaha, Neb., on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. The dividers were one of the measures meat processing companies took during the pandemic to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Greater Omaha is receiving a $20 million grant to expand its operations as part of a larger USDA program to expand meat processing capacity and encourage more competition in the highly concentrated business. (AP Photo/Josh Funk)
            
              Workers carve up cuts of beef at the Greater Omaha Packing beef processing plant in Omaha, Neb., on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. Greater Omaha is receiving a $20 million grant to expand its operations as part of a larger USDA program to expand meat processing capacity and encourage more competition in the highly concentrated business. (AP Photo/Josh Funk)
            
              Cuts of beef move along a conveyer belt above workers at the Greater Omaha Packing beef processing plant in Omaha, Neb., on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. U.S. Greater Omaha is receiving a $20 million grant to expand its operations as part of a larger USDA program to expand meat processing capacity and encourage more competition in the highly concentrated business. (AP Photo/Josh Funk)
            
              Workers carve up beef at stations separated by plastic dividers at the Greater Omaha Packing beef processing plant in Omaha, Neb., on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. The dividers were one of the measures meat processing companies took during the pandemic to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Greater Omaha is receiving a $20 million grant to expand its operations as part of a larger USDA program to expand meat processing capacity and encourage more competition in the highly concentrated business. (AP Photo/Josh Funk)
            
              Officials tour the Greater Omaha Packing beef processing plant in Omaha, Neb., on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. Greater Omaha is receiving a $20 million grant to expand its operations as part of a larger USDA program to expand meat processing capacity and encourage more competition in the highly concentrated business. (AP Photo/Josh Funk)
            
              U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, center, tours the Greater Omaha Packing beef processing plant in Omaha, Neb., on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. Greater Omaha is receiving a $20 million grant to expand its operations as part of a larger USDA program to expand meat processing capacity and encourage more competition in the highly concentrated business. (AP Photo/Josh Funk)