Groundbreaking on the Quapaw Tribe's meat processing plant took place on August 31, 2016. Photo: Anna McKibben / University of Arkansas
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Quapaw Tribe expands agricultural efforts with processing plant

The Quapaw Tribe is getting ready to debut a meat processing plant in Oklahoma.

The tribe broke ground on the $1 million, 25,000-square-foot facility near Miami in late August 2016. It's will process meat from the tribe's bison and cattle herds as well as serve as a training center for educational institutions in the region.

“We think it’s really good, not just for the Quapaw tribe but for the greater Ottawa County area, to pay more attention to what we eat and how we grow it,” Chairman John Berrey told The Joplin Globe. The paper said the plant is due to open in August.

In addition to raising bison and cattle at the Quapaw Cattle Co., the tribe operates greenhouses and beehives. Products from the ventures are sold directly to customers and also supply the tribe's gaming enterprise.

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