The Cattle Producers of Washington (CPoW) Livestock Processor's Cooperative Association (LPCA) started in 2013 with the goal of establishing a USDA processing facility in Odessa to aid producers in marketing their own product. Come check us out! We would LOVE to show you around and talk about our facility.
Pasture to Plate
Pasture to Plate
Consumers are demanding more information about how and where their food is produced. The LPCA plant provides traceability of each package back to the ranch, allowing our producers to tell their story directly to their consumers. This is the critical niche filled by small scale processing plants, to reconnect producer and consumer.
When this plant was built in 2012, there were only four USDA federally inspected facilities in Washington. These consolidated production facilities do not allow for traceability, blocking efforts of small producers to differentiate their products and hindering development of a regional food system.
The Livestock Processor's Cooperative Association (LPCA) is a producer-owned cooperative. It was formed by members of the Cattle Producers of Washington (CPoW) as a resource for hundreds of livestock producers across eastern Washington, empowering them to address the macro trends in the US meat production realm. The processing plant serves both member and non-member cattle, hog, sheep and goat producers within a 200-mile radius of Odessa.
The Odessa Public Development Authority and the Lincoln County Economic Development Council have been partners in the project from the beginning. "Agriculture accounts for 8-% of Lincoln County's economy. Retaining and supporting our ranches and farms is a priority for us and is prominent in our Comprehensive Plan and our Economic Development Strategy," says the EDC Director. This facility benefits Lincoln County's economy in several ways, including:
Provides local jobs at the plant
Strengthens and sustains the regional livestock industry
Enables producer to increase their profit through market differentiation
Provides a product that meets growing consumer demand