Local leaders and farmers rallied in support of Valley Meat Co. Wednesday during the last day of a state environmental hearing to determine if the proposed horse meat processor will be allowed to renew its groundwater permit.
“These are the real people that live in this community,” said owner Rick De Los Santos. “It was good for me to hear all the support. It was a good ending to it. We’ll see what happens now that the cabinet secretary has to rule on it and we’ll go from there, see what happens with it.”
County Commissioners Kim Chesser and James Duffey, an official with the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, a representative with the New Mexico Livestock Bureau and state Rep. Candy Ezzell, of Roswell, spoke in favor of the plant’s opening for a variety of reasons.
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