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Do you remember last year when meat was difficult to find?
When the lockdowns went into effect, and major meat producers had to scale back production in the fight against COVID-19, many Oklahomans sought out local sources of meat. However, that highlighted a new problem: workforce shortages.
In this episode, we examine Oklahoma’s meat shortage and how teamwork from all over the state seeks to train more meat processors to prevent another shortage.
- We’ll examine how Oklahoma lawmakers responded to the initial meat shortage and began to expand the state’s local processing capacity.
- We’ll look into how CareerTech teamed up with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry to train a new workforce in a partnership that paid dividends.
- We’ll hit the road to check out high schools and tech centers adding meat processing to their curriculum.
- Check out the new Mobile Meat Processing Lab – a refrigerated semi-trailer converted into a classroom on wheels.
- A new Oklahoma-certified beef standard seeks to help farmers and ranchers market their meat directly to consumers.
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