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Breaking ground

Ground breaking for the Perdido River Farms meat processing facility near Atmore was held Thursday, May 25. Perdido River Farms, which consists of 2,900 acres of Poarch Creek Indian owned agricultural properties that support a sustainable herd of cattle producing USDA-inspected beef for the public, is building a state-of-the-art processing facility to serve the South Alabama area. A number of dignitaries were on hand for the ceremony. Shown are, from left, Tribal Council members Keith Martin, Arthur Mothershed; Perdido River Farms General Manager John English; Tribal Council member Sandy Hollinger; Alabama Ag Commissioner Rick Pate; PCI Chairwoman Stephanie Bryan; County Commissioners Raymond Wiggins, Larry White; Council member Charlotte Meckel; Princesses Amanda Montgomery, Jayla Smith (front), Mckenna Pettis (back), Vicky Burns; Tribal Council member Dewitt Carter (back); Princess Savannah Gibson; County Commissioner Brandon Smith; Tribal Council member Robbie McGhee.