In rural Mississippi, Jones County Junior College agricultural students are designing a cattle farm which will be worked by county jail inmates, reports the Hattiesburg American.
“They are going to come in and design the fence and find out what the nutrient requirements are that the cattle have to have. What kind of grass seed and fertilizer to use. What kind of supplements they are going to need in the winter months. Where to place the barns and things like that,” said Jim Walley, JCJC’s vice president for external affairs.
Once the farm is in operation, the cattle will be slaughtered at the junior college’s meat-processing facility. Inmates will get fresh hamburger meat. Inmates already grow their own vegetables, working off fines and cutting the county’s food bill.