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Cooks Venture, a producer of slow-growth heirloom chickens in Northwest Arkansas and Oklahoma, recently closed on a $10 million round of funding.

The company plans to use the investment funds to continue expanding production and distribution to a national scale and support its regenerative crop management program.

It is also working with a new startup company that tests for antibiotics and adulterants in meat and poultry.

"We are working hard to drive the agricultural industry toward greater biodiversity, breed diversity and true transparency for consumers," Matthew Wadiak, founder and chief executive of Cooks Venture, said in a statement Wednesday.

Investors included SJF Ventures, Cultivian Sandbox, Larry Schwartz and John Roulac, executive producer of the upcoming documentary on regenerative agriculture, "Kiss the Ground."

Cooks Venture said in a news release that it has been working with Food In-Depth (FoodID), a scientific food testing startup that checks for antibiotics and other substances in beef, pork, chicken.

With this partnership, Cooks Venture has tested for synthetic inputs and can independently validate and verify that it does not use antibiotics or provide non-GMO feed to its birds.

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