A recent panel organized by the South Dakota Farmers Union addressed concerns on the beef and bison processing facility planned to be built in Rapid City. Owners of a beef and bison processing plant set their eyes on bringing fair market competition into the cattle industry. South Dakota Farmers Union President Doug Sombke says a transparent marketplace is needed. “The meat industry is controlled by four major packers who own over 84 percent of meat processing in the U.S.” Working with the proposed plant, Farmers Union Industries plans to operate a rendering plant nearby. “We own a rendering company, so we could bring some expertise to the processing line.” The plant, called Western Legacy, hopes to break ground in January of 2023.
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