We are happy to announce agricultural efforts here at the Choctaw Nation continue to grow! I’ve shared in the past that Choctaw Beef is now available at Reba’s Place in her hometown of Atoka, as well as at many of our casinos and Country Markets. Now also available is the ability to order Choctaw Beef in whole, halves or quarters through our Freezer Beef Program. Since their launch, these endeavors have proven to be very successful, and we continue to seek to improve them however possible. If you’d like to learn more, I invite you to visit our website.
The commitment to our agricultural efforts and our support for the agricultural community has recently furthered by the very exciting news that we’ve partnered with Three Rivers Meat Company – a locally based processor in Leflore County – to provide USDA-inspected custom harvest and fabrication services. Additionally, through a new 3,500 square foot retail store, Three Rivers will provide value-added offerings such as steaks, sausage, hams, beef sticks and more. Our goal for this endeavor is to not only complement our Choctaw Beef programs, but to provide a much-needed service to the surrounding community, with the Grand Opening planned for December of this year. Check out threeriversmeatcompany.com to learn more.
Also, beginning in August, the Choctaw Nation’s Forestry, Land Management and Agriculture programs merged to form the new Agriculture and Natural Resources Department. This decision will leverage the Nation’s efforts as it relates to wildland fire preventions and fuels management, operation and management of Tribal-owned lands and natural resource partnerships with national and state organizations. Additionally, efforts to collaborate with other Choctaw Nation technical experts in the fields of computer software development (IT), unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) implementation, geographic information systems (GIS) spatial technology and business development (BD) have begun in an effort to flesh-out opportunities to further the Nation’s agricultural footprint.