SUFFOLK CO., N.Y. — The Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning has announced that the County is looking for a private operator to modernize and commercialize an existing meat processing facility at the Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank. The meat processing facility consists of one building, measuring approximately 31’ x 120’ located in the center of the 200+ acre Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank. As part of this Request for Proposals, there is also the option to license approximately 25 acres within the 200+ acre Farm, available for agricultural production in accordance with the definition of that term under New York State law.
The global COVID-19 pandemic exposed local and national breakages in the food supply chain. Demand for interim processing facilities, particularly those smaller and more nimble, gained increased relevance from both an economic sustainability and a food resiliency perspective. These supply chains breakages were felt acutely in both the agricultural and fishing communities and the Department will entertain proposals that can serve either or both of these industries. The Department believes a meat-based or seafood based processor in Yaphank could provide processing outlets that will keep hardworking farmers and fishers productive during future food supply disruptions, in addition to providing a consistent additional economic development opportunities for local farmers or fishers.
Following recommendations made in the 2015 Suffolk County Agricultural & Farmland Protection Plan, privatization of this facility will eliminate facility maintenance costs from County tax rolls and provide an economic boost for the local livestock industry. There are currently no meat processing or fish processing facilities in Suffolk County. Livestock farmers who want to sell meat to consumers or restaurants must first transport animals to upstate New York or other nearby states for processing. This ultimately stresses the animal, leading to poorer meat quality, raises production costs and reduces overall profits for local farmers. Likewise, fishermen typically ship their fish to the New Fulton Fish Market in the Bronx, only to see some of that product returned to local Suffolk County seafood markets and restaurants.
A Proposer’s Conference and Farmlands and Facility Tour (non-mandatory) will be held on June 2nd at 1pm. RSVPs are required to attend. Please email Tom Malanga at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, May 26, 2021 with the Subject Line: RSVP for RFP May 28 Meeting and your contact information to attend.
Go to https://suffolkcountyny.bonfirehub.com/portal/ to view the offering and register to participate in this opportunity. Proposals are due July 2nd.
–Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning