Advancing Mobile Meat Slaughter and Processing In Ohio and Central Appalachia
ABOUT THE PROJECT
ACEnet and collaborators Angela Blatt, Paul Dorrance, and Rachel Tayse are excited to embark on a USDA Local Foods Promotion Program (LFPP) project, “Planning to Advance Mobile Meat Slaughter and Processing in Ohio and Central Appalachia”.
Demand for local meat continues to grow, but bottlenecks in the local meat value chain, especially the limited processing capacity, continue to inhibit the market opportunities for livestock farmers in Ohio and Central Appalachia. This 18-month planning project will test the need for an additional local meat value chain intervention that serves red meat livestock farmers, processors, and consumers.
The primary activities of the project will be to assess the feasibility of mobile meat slaughter and processing for small-scale family farmers in Ohio and Central Appalachia; develop a network of interested producers, processors, and consumers; and create the necessary organizational and financial plans for a cooperative business to meet the identified needs.
March 18, 2022, 12pm – 1:30pm ET, virtual. Mobile Meat Virtual Convening offered with the Ohio Food Policy Network, register at: https://osu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lRrBcaUpTROmt4vmhia_lg
The first step of the planning project was to thoughtfully consider alternative livestock processing options to determine the needs. A needs assessment survey helped us define opinions related to locally-sourced meat and meat processing from consumers, farmers, and processors.
On September 16th, 2021, Angela Blatt, Paul Dorrance, and Rachel Tayse attended the virtual “The Meating: A Regional Meat Marketing and Processing Summit,” at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus to discuss this project and the results of of the earlier needs assessment survey.
On November 8, 2021, the Project Team presented ‘Mobile Meat: Exploring Innovative Solutions to Slaughter and Processing’ at the Ohio Food Policy Summit presentation. Watch the recording here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UpTwvR8mi0&list=PL9bILFP05h6D-mTgb8KfMaL6syqTh1-X7&index=5&t=12s
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We gratefully acknowledge USDA for funding this project and Focus Group members Duncan Forbes, Chelsea Gandy, Erin Harvey, Chris Quolke, and Lyndsey Teter for their project design guidance.
ABOUT THE TEAM
Infrastructure Consultant (IC) Angela Blatt is a program manager for the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT) at The Ohio State University. She also serves as vice-chair for Ohio Food Policy Network where she is responsible for setting strategic direction, contributing to the development of policy priorities, and managing communication efforts for the network. Previously, she worked with a national nonprofit connecting humane, sustainable producers of animal-based products to markets, and assisted at a regional level in connecting chefs, restaurant owners, and local food producers to increase networking and procurement opportunities. Angela is a Navy Veteran, she holds a Master of Public Administration from Ohio State’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs, and a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
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Producer Consultant (PC) Paul Dorrance is an author, speaker, consultant and regenerative agriculture advocate. He was raised close to the land, growing up on a small self-sufficient homestead in upstate New York. His journey back to farming started in 2013 when he started Pastured Providence Farmstead – a successful pasture-based livestock operation, marketing 100% grass-fed beef and lamb, as well as pastured non-GMO pork, poultry, and eggs directly to consumers in southern and central Ohio. Paul writes for Acres, U.S.A., speaks at agricultural conferences around the country, and provides consulting services. Previously an active duty Air Force officer, Paul still serves our nation as a pilot in the Air Force Reserves. He is a graduate of Ohio Farm Bureau’s “AgriPOWER” leadership development program, sat on the Steering Committee of the “Ohio Smart Agriculture – Solutions From The Land” project, is the Chairman of the American Farm Bureau’s Issue Advisory Committee on Organic and Direct Marketing, and serves on the board of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association. Paul holds a BA in Aviation Computer Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (2001) and a MA in Military History – Civil War, American Military University (2009).
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Consumer Consultant (CC) Rachel Tayse is a vocal Ohio local food advocate and educator. In addition to nearly a decade of organic market farming experience, she’s made a career of facilitating projects that benefit small, sustainable agriculture producers. Most recently, Rachel worked as the Begin Farming Program Coordinator at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association. She is a past chapter leader of Central Ohio Young Farmers (2016-2019), board member of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (2015-2019), and currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Franklin County Local Food Council and Ohio Nutrition Incentive Network. Rachel holds a BA in Geological Sciences from the Ohio State University (2002).
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