Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner
James Comer, Rep. Rocky
Adkins, Rep. Hubert Collins, owner Jonathan Whitt, along with Morehead State University personnel and
local elected officials and friends gather Saturday, May 17, for the official
ribbon cutting of The Chop Shop.
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Whitt, a Morehead State graduate, opened the processing
facility last fall.
The Chop Shop is the largest U.S. Department of
Agriculture-inspected processor in eastern Kentucky and the newest
USDA-inspected facility in the state. Its construction was funded in part with
a $350,000 grant from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund. The plant,
located off the Lee City exit of the Mountain Parkway, also contains a retail
works closely with animal science faculty in our Department of Agricultural
Sciences. Our faculty seeks to improve the quality of locally
produced livestock. This summer, our faculty plan to conduct a cattle feeding
experiment where animals are raised, grown, and fed out at MSU before being
harvested. They will be harvested at the Chop Shop," said Cary Green, professor
and chair department of agricultural sciences.
"Jonathan has hosted
several groups of animal science students from a variety of classes. Students
evaluate livestock before and after harvest. The opportunity to evaluate
animals post-harvest adds significantly to our students’ education and having
access to the Chop Shop makes this possible. Thus, the Chop Shop is
benefitting students who will work in the livestock industry for years to
of JSW Farm in Wrigley had a dream to own a stockyard and a processing
facility. He already owned Lee City Stockyards, so his dream came true last fall
when he opened The Chop Shop.
of Kentucky Cooperative Extension agents were able to obtain grants and agriculture
leaders from Wolfe, Morgan, Breathitt, Elliott, Perry, Rowan and Lawrence
counties were able to secure the matching funds needed.
"This (The Chop Shop) gives MSU and
ARAMARK an opportunity to greatly expand our offerings of locally produced
meats for our “farm to campus” program that has been initiated,” said Bill
vice president for auxiliary services. “It’s
not tremendously easy to meet all of the insurance and quality specifications
required by the ARAMARK corporate office but The Chop Shop has done that and
will be able to be a regular provider and processor of beef and pork produced
not only at the MSU farm but also produced by local farmers."
Comer announced earlier this year that the minor league
baseball team Lexington Legends will buy their hamburgers from The Chop Shop
for the 2014 season.
Chop Shop retail store offers a variety of fresh beef, pork, lamb and goat as
well as many spices and is open to the public. It is located just north of the
Mountain Parkway at the Lee City exit and is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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