LCD Group, USDA and state officials celebrate opening of NoDak Meats

(Credits and Sources: KFGO Radio News / USDA Rural Development) — On January 5, Lewis & Clark Development Group joined USDA Rural Development StateDirector Erin Oban and North Dakota Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring  in Steele for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting celebrating the grand opening of NoDak Meats, LLC. 

Owned by Scott Sandquist, the Steele-located meat processing facility received a $623,833 loan from the Lewis and Clark Development Group, which was awarded grant funds from USDA Rural Development’s Meat and Poultry Intermediary Lending Program (MPILP) to finance the start-up, expansion, or operation of slaughter or other processing of meat and poultry.

“USDA Rural Development awarded millions of dollars to intermediary lenders, including to the Lewis and Clark Development Group here in North Dakota, to make financing more available and accessible to meat processors,” said Oban. 

“The opening of NoDak Meats in Steele is a perfect example of how the Administration’s priorities and our federal resources are investing in and benefiting our North Dakota communities, small, rural businesses, and the entire food supply chain – from producer to consumer.”

The objective of the MPILP is to strengthen the financing capacity for independent meat processors, and to create a more resilient, diverse, and secure U.S. food supply chain.

Masse said: “The MPILP exists to help small business people like Scott launch their business while meeting a critical need in rural communities.” 

Photo, from left to right: Brent Ekstrom, Executive Director, Lewis & Clark Development Group; Chris Masse, Loan Officer, Lewis & Clark Development Group; Erin Oban, State Director for USDA Rural Development; Scott Sandquist, Owner, NoDak Meats, LLC; and Doug Goehring, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner at the ribbon cutting for NoDak Meats in Steele, ND, January, 5th. (Photo Credit: USDA Rural Development)   


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