Regional Livestock Processing Forum Supports Local Meat Sales

Friday, October 26 2012


MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho is promoting the distribution and sale of local livestock products through its Regional Livestock Processing Forum on Monday, Nov. 5 from 8-11:30 a.m. in the Great Room at the 1912 Center, 412 E. 3rd St. in Moscow.

Following the forum, a lunch and keynote speech presented by Arlie Sommer, from Idaho’s Bounty, and Brett Donnelly, from the USDA Rural Development, will be held from11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Both events are free, but advanced registration is requested.

The forum will provide a venue for sharing research related to the feasibility of developing the facilities and resources for production. It also will look at the processing and marketing options not currently available to small and medium-sized livestock producers in the study area, especially those needed to sell livestock products into local markets, such as restaurants, grocery stores and other venues that require USDA inspected processing.

Hosted as part of the project “Developing Strategies to Increase Prosperity for Small Farms through Sustainable Livestock Production, Processing and Marketing,” the forum will recruit committed people to work on strategies for expanding processing and marketing livestock in the region.

The project is supported by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to research the feasibility of developing small-scale USDA inspected livestock processing in north Idaho and eastern Washington.

For more information or to register, contact Jennifer Boie by phone at (208) 885-6034 or by email at jenniferb@uidaho.edu. To register online, visit www.uidaho.edu/localfoodregistration.  
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