Fact Sheet: Independent Processor Assistance Program

Farm and Food
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The Independent Processor Assistance Program (IPAP) is designed to improve and expand Nebraska’s meat-processing capabilities. Grants are available through the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) for new and existing small- and medium-sized meat processors to facilitate improvements or expansions that will increase harvest capacity or production.

Eligibility Standards

  • Must operate as either a U.S. Department of Agriculture - Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) facility or a federally regulated custom-exempt slaughter and processing facility, while also complying with federal regulations.
  • Must have existing annual sales revenue under $2.5 million.
  • Must employ fewer than 25 employees.
  • Must be in Nebraska and registered in good standing with the Secretary of State to do business.