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APA approves meat processing plant near Ticonderoga

The Adirondack Park Agency has approved plans for the Adirondack Meat Company to set up a meat processing plant near the Ticonderoga Business Park in Essex County.

The project will lead to the first USDA certified meat processing facility in the Adirondack Park. Once operational, it will employ 12 full-time and two part-time employees. In addition, it is thought the project will support 24 full-time and six part-time workers in related industries.

"Presently, a lack of this type of facility in proximity to North Country farms and the limited capacity of regional processing facilities has prevented industry growth," said APA Chairwoman Leilani Ulrich.

"The development of this meat processing facility will support the expansion of the cattle production industry and local direct market farming."

The business will process a maximum of 10 animals per day, primarily beef cattle, but will also have the capacity to process pigs, goats, and sheep.

"We believe there is a critical need for this type of facility in the region and we look forward to helping expand sustainable agriculture throughout the Adirondack Park," said Peter Ward, Adirondack Meat Company owner.

A USDA inspector will be present on site and have an office in the building thereby ensuring compliance with all USDA regulations, APA officials said.

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