Governor Noem South Dakota has joined Cooperative Interstate Shipping agreement for meat |

Governor Noem South Dakota has joined Cooperative Interstate Shipping agreement for meat

PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that certain South Dakota state-inspected meat processors will have the opportunity to ship their meat across state lines. South Dakota and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have entered a Cooperative Interstate Shipping (CIS) agreement, which opens these new market opportunities for South Dakota producers.

“Our food supply is a matter of national security, so we need to increase diversity in the supply chain to offer more options to Americans,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “For too long, meat producers have been shortchanged due to anticompetitive practices in the meatpacking industry. These new opportunities will expand their options and allow them to ship South Dakota meat across state lines.”

Under CIS, state-inspected facilities can operate as federally inspected facilities, under specific conditions, and ship products across state lines. Without CIS, a state-inspected facility is limited to sales within its own borders. Processors interested in the CIS program should contact the Animal Industry Board at 605.773.3321 or visit

“The Animal Industry Broad is excited to help bring CIS to South Dakota,” said State Veterinarian Dusty Oedekoven. “Our meat processors and producers need options, and CIS gives them another pathway for getting South Dakota products to market.”

In addition to South Dakota, there are 8 states currently participating in CIS – Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

What does this mean?

According to South Dakota State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven, the overall impact of the Cooperative Interstate Shipment agreement will likely be small initially. “State inspected establishments are already operating at capacity and many are booked out well into 2022. Labor and physical facility limitations create a ceiling for production at small establishments. Hopefully that will change as grant dollars have recently been awarded by the State to expand small meat processing capacity.”

“Voluntary participation in CIS creates new opportunities for both licensed establishments as well as the livestock producers who use their services. Licensed establishments may develop interstate markets for their products, which may be sourced from local producers or from federally (or CIS) inspected boxed beef. But it also creates an opportunity for a livestock producer to have their animals processed at a CIS establishment in a manner that would allow them to sell the meat to consumers and retail outlets in other states. Either of these scenarios have the potential to increase the value of South Dakota meat services and products,” said Oedekoven

–State of South Dakota and staff reporting

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