In 1985, several meat processors joined forces to amend the state bid preference law to include meat processors. Coming together from across the state for the first time, these companies were successful in working with the LA Dept. of Agriculture and Forestry to gain a bid preference for Louisiana meat processors. That law was amended to allow a seven percent bid preference for livestock slaughtered in Louisiana and four percent for meat products processed in Louisiana.
The success of that project led to the incorporation of LMIA as a non-profit organization in March, 1986. In later years, the organization’s name was changed to LAMPA.