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Pilot program opens doors for small and mid-sized beef processors

The USDA has launched a pilot program to increase accessibility and affordability of carcass quality grading for small and mid-sized beef processors.  Patrick Robinette of North Carolina, chairman of the independent beef processing committee for the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, says this brings quality grading... Read More.

Milk pricing proposals dividing dairy farmer-owners and private processors

Differences in milk pricing proposals have resulted in some dairy cooperatives withdrawing their membership from the International Dairy Foods Association. California Dairies, Inc., Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., Land O’Lakes, Inc., and Maryland, and Virginal Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Inc., in April, sent a... Read More.

Japanese beef buyers tour Wisconsin farms, processors

A delegation of six Japanese chefs and food service providers is in Wisconsin to see beef production first-hand.  The Wisconsin Beef Council and the U.S. Meat Export Federation organized the trade mission to show beef buyers how their meat is raised and processed,... Read More.

Loans available for Minnesota meat and poultry processors

Small and medium-sized meat and poultry processors in Minnesota can apply for loans through the state’s Rural Finance Authority. The program supports the startup, expansion, or operation of slaughter and value-added processing. Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen says investing in local processors is... Read More.

Dairy processors commit to healthy school milk

Dairy processors representing more than 90 percent of school milk in the U.S. are committing to providing less sugar to students. Matt Herrick with the International Dairy Foods Association tells Brownfield the Healthy School Milk Commitment goes further than current nutritional guidelines. “This commitment that... Read More.

Meat processors say “local movement” remains strong

Leaders with the American Association of Meat Processors say demand for local meat remains strong. President Darla Keisel with Dewig Meats in southwest Indiana tells Brownfield the COVID-19 pandemic pushed more consumers to explore local food options. “COVID really highlighted the importance of knowing where your... Read More.

Meat processors address growing demand for “clean labels”

Demand for clean labels on food is increasing as more Generation Z shoppers enter the marketplace. Abbey Davidson with the American Association of Meat Processors tells Brownfield consumers are showing a greater interest in simpler looking labels with more natural ingredients. “Some clean label... Read More.

91 Wisconsin meat processors awarded grants

Nearly every Wisconsin meat processing plant that applied for the state’s Meat & Poultry Supply Chain Resiliency Grant program is getting funding to modernize or expand. Ag Secretary Randy Romanski tells Brownfield the 10-million dollar program supplying matching grants to the state’s meat processors... Read More.

Grants awarded to 64 Nebraska meat processors

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture has announced 64 meat processing facilities will receive grants through the state’s new Independent Processor Assistance Program. Ashley Kohls, VP of Government Affairs with Nebraska Cattlemen, says this first round of grant funding totals approximately $4.9 million. “We worked... Read More.

Small meat and poultry processors awarded funding to grow

Six meat processors have been awarded $1.2 million to expand operations in Michigan. Several of the businesses receiving funding say they’ve grown up to 50 percent recently and need equipment upgrades to support increasing demand. USDA’s Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant helps processors become... Read More.

New Wisconsin website steers future meat processors

Wisconsin’s agriculture department has teamed up with educators to guide potential new meat processors to the right training.  Secretary Randy Romanski with the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection tells Brownfield the Meat Pathways website is now available. “It’s meatpathways.wi.gov for... Read More.