USDA’s Meat and Poultry Processing Capacity- Technical Assistance Program (MPPTA) ensures that participants in USDA’s Meat and Poultry Supply Chain initiatives have access full-range technical assistance (TA) to support their project development and success. These supply chain initiatives--including the Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG) Program and the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP), the Local Meat Capacity Grant (LocalMCap) and the Indigenous Animals Grant (IAG) --support the growth of domestic processing capacity and the ability of independent facilities to serve more customers in more markets.
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) established a nationwide MPPTA network of support focusing on four key areas, or scopes:
- Federal Grant Application Management: Navigating federal grants processes and procedures, from pre-award applications processes through post-award grant management compliance;
- Business Development and Financial Planning: Business and financial planning resources, market intelligence, and project/concept feasibility analyses;
- Meat and Poultry Processing Technical and Operation Support: Advice and resources to support the operational needs--including workforce development--of processing plant development and utilization; and
- Supply Chain Development: Support for the development and maintenance of successful supply chain and marketing relationships—between suppliers, processors, distributors, and customers.
The following organizations serve as USDA TA Providers (TAPs) under this program.
- Flower Hill Institute*
- Oregon State University- Niche Meat Processors Assistance Network
- Intertribal Agriculture Council
- American Association of Meat Processors
- American Meat Science Association
- Agricultural Utilization Research Institute
- Tuskegee University
*The Flower Hill Institute also serves as the overall Technical Assistance Coordinator for the MPPTA Program, working closely with AMS and the TAPs to connect meat and poultry processors, USDA grant applicants, and grant-funded project managers to the resources and expertise best suited to support a project’s needs.
USDA Meat and Poultry Supply Chain program participants are encouraged to reach out directly to Flower Hill Institute to discuss their technical assistance needs.
What does the MPPTA Offer?
- Access to technical experts from across industry, academia and state and federal government.
- Focused content for diverse stakeholders, including family-owned, rural, minority-owned, Native American and Tribal-owned businesses, and other underserved entities seeking to build or expand meat and poultry processing and supply chain capacity.
- General assistance with navigating USDA grant application and award processes, and successful post-award grant management
- One-one-one advising, including project and proposal reviews tailored to the specific needs of diverse stakeholders, from small and very small processors and new enterprise startups to organizations developing regional concepts and established mid-sized processing companies.
- Educational resources, events, and webinars covering topics of interest for meat and poultry processing enterprises of all types.
Note: The MPPTA Program does not offer or provide contractor services or financial capital. It does not offer grant writing or project management services, nor does the voluntary use of MPPTA guarantee the success of a grant application or the grant-funded project.
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