The unique needs of Iowa's small meat processors include more educational opportunities. This project explored how to provide additional training to these important rural businesses.
Is it feasible to develop a small meat processing curriculum in Iowa?
Advancing a small meat processing curriculum in Iowa has the potential to positively impact the viability and number of small meat processing firms in Iowa. Iowa farmers stand to benefit in two ways. Maintaining the current number of firms impacts farmers who raise livestock slated for custom meat markets by making it easier for their animals to be processed close to where they are raised, thus reducing transportation and labor costs. Additionally, farmers negatively impacted by white-tailed deer depredation benefit when deer hunters are able to take their harvested animals to be custom processed, which helps to hold deer herd densities in check.
Year of Grant Completion
Peterson, Joel and Eells, Jean, "A feasibility study for the creation of a meat processing training program in Iowa" (2011). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 369.