Monday, December 12, 2016

Indigenous Food & Ag Initiative to Help Quapaw Tribe With Processing Plant

Bumpers College, School of Law Help Quapaw Tribe With Processing Plant

The University of Arkansas Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences and School of Law are collaborating to assist in the design and construction of a meat processing plant for the Quapaw tribe near Miami, Oklahoma.

Janie Hipp, Director of the Indigenous Food & Agricultural Initiative was on hand during the groundbreaking ceremony in August. The plant is expected to be operational in May, 2017, and will provide U of A students with opportunities for experience and training. The plant will include a classroom, laboratory and test kitchen, and is being designed to process up to 50 animals per week.

The tribe has cattle and bison on a ranch outside Miami. The ultimate goal of the ranch is to raise, slaughter, process, package and ship its own products to local businesses and stores, including the tribe’s restaurants in Quapaw Casino and Downstream Casino Resort.

Read the full UA Newswire article for more on this exciting collaboration.

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