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USDA chooses WCLA for meeting


USDA officials throughout the state of Missouri chose the Wright County Livestock Auction (WCLA) location in Mountain Grove as the site of their semi-annual meeting held recently.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials were unable for the last year and a half.

This recent meeting in Mountain Grove gave them a chance to work on grades for the livestock to ensure there is a consistent approach being used across the state.

Tony Hancock, the Market News Manager with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, helped to organize the event.

“We’re glad we can be where we can get together,” said Hancock, who noted that there were USDA officials representing areas from as north as Palmyra down to the boot heel.

The group includes seven full-time positions and about 15 total people.

The event lasted for two days with day one in Mountain Grove followed by a visit to Missouri Prime Beef Packers on day two in Pleasant Hope.

A federal reporter from Oklahoma City joined the group for day one in Mountain Grove.

They picked Mountain Grove for the chance to see the new facility, which Hancock said is the newest in the state.