The bustling town of Steele, North Dakota, is poised to welcome a state-of-the-art meat processing facility, with plans for it to be fully operational by February 1, 2024, as indicated by a prominent sign at the construction site. This exciting development brings NoDak Meats into the spotlight, with the facility strategically located just north of Steele along Highway 3, according to a report from the local community.
The upcoming facility is expected to play a pivotal role in the region’s meat processing industry, with a focus on handling both beef and pork.
NoDak Meats received a significant boost in July 2022 when it was awarded $45,000 from the Agricultural Diversification and Development Fund. This injection of financial support proved instrumental in advancing the project towards its forthcoming realization. Notably, part of this funding, amounting to $200,000, was allocated for efficiency enhancements at the South 40 Beef plant in Mott, contributing to the overall growth of the meat processing sector.
In addition to local support, the meat processing industry as a whole has been receiving attention and investment. In June, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) granted a total of $155 million in awards to over a dozen smaller meat and poultry processors across 17 states. The Farmers Union Foundation was granted $800,000 to support smaller processors in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, further underlining the commitment to strengthening and diversifying the meat processing landscape.
As the completion of the NoDak Meats facility draws nearer, it signifies not only a significant economic development for Steele, North Dakota, but also a promising addition to the broader meat processing sector, aligning with efforts to bolster domestic food production and distribution.