Lessons learned from public investment in local and regional meat and poultry processing activities

In 2017, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) entered into a cooperative research agreement with the Niche Meat Processor Association Network (NMPAN) to assess 20 years of public investment in local meat and poultry processing activities by AMS in the form of competitive grants. This work was completed in January 2019. 

NMPAN analyzed 35 projects most relevant to meat and poultry processing including 12 Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP), 21 Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP), and 2 Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), totaling $2,113,983 in grant funds. The grants were awarded between 1999-2015. The analysis included a review of available project documents and interviews of past project leaders.

Please visit NMPAN’s research page to learn more about the project and read the briefing report.

AMS is working with NMPAN to write case studies and fact sheets based on findings from this research which will be made available to the public. Co-sponsored webinars are also being conducted to address needs that were uncovered while completing the research. The first webinar, Local Meat to Local Institutions- Challenges & Opportunities for Farmers & Packers, occurred on June 27, 2019.

Forthcoming Webinars:

Co-sponsored by the American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP) and the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). Each webinar will be just 45 minutes long. Take your lunch (or breakfast) break and join us. 9am PST/12pm EST. For more information: Value-Added Meat Processing Series: How to produce delicious & safe consumer-friendly meat products.

  • (9/5/19) Week 1: Basics of Curing: Bacons & Hams
  • (9/12/19) Week 2: Jerkies
  • (9/19/19) Week 3: Meat Bars, Snack Sticks, & RTE meats
  • (9/26/19) Week 4: Dry Cured Meats: Salami, Prosciutto, & Others