The Division of Agriculture and the Board of Agriculture and Conservation (BAC) are seeking public input on options to transition the Mt. McKinley Meat & Sausage (MMM&S) plant near Palmer from state ownership to the private sector. The slaughter and meat processing plant is owned by the state’s Agriculture Revolving Loan Fund (ARLF) and operates with the use of Palmer Correctional Facility inmates. This facility is the only USDA approved slaughter facility in Southcentral Alaska.
To gather input from the red meat industry, other processing plants as well as Alaska chefs and restaurants, the Division of Agriculture has developed the following surveys. The division is seeking responses to these surveys by May 30th.
The public is invited to provide oral comments on options for the plant’s future during the public comment session of the BAC meeting, which will be held from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2 in the conference room of the Division of Agriculture’s Palmer Office. Comments may also be submitted in writing no later than July 2, and should be addressed to the Board of Agriculture and Conservation, c/o Director Franci Havemeister at 1800 Glenn Highway, Suite 12, Palmer, Alaska 99645-6736, via fax at 907-745-7112, or by e-mail to [email protected]
To participate remotely in the July 2 board meeting, call the toll-free number 1-800-315-63387 and enter the pass code 12211# at the prompt. Comments during the meeting will be limited to three (3) minutes per person.