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Local meat processing plant opens in N.C.

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MARION, N.C. — Foothills Pilot Plant, an independent, non-profit facility  for poultry and rabbit processing, has opened its doors here.

The plant will serve independent growers seeking USDA and U.S. Food & Drug Administration inspection of their meat products.

Organizers say the Foothills Pilot Plant is the only USDA-inspected facility serving independent poultry growers in the Southern Appalachian region. That means the resulting packaged meat stripped from chickens, turkeys and rabbits can be sold outside North Carolina.

Jamie Ager of Hickory Nut Gap Farms says the facility should allow local poultry producers to increase production. He says. . .

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