Project ID



The project developed a curriculum to improve productivity along with follow-up classes and services to help small meat processors in Iowa. The lessons covered scheduling, product mix decisions, retail inventory management, and shop floor performance measurement.

Key Question

Can targeted training and education help small and very small meat processing plants in Iowa improve the profitability of their operations?


Offering classes for processors and providing individual follow-up sessions can help implement solutions offered during classes. Small and very small meat plants can learn to use the competitive advantages they have when compared to bigger meat packing plants.

Principal Investigator(s)

Nick McCann

Year of Grant Completion