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The Meating: A Regional Meat Marketing and Processing Summit

Sep 16, 2021 (All day)
No Cost
Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210

The Ohio State University CFAES Center for Cooperatives and Fairfield County Farm Bureau invite you to “The Meating: A Regional Meat Marketing and Processing Summit,” a gathering of livestock producers, processors and policy stakeholders to learn about and discuss local and regional meat marketing and processing opportunities and challenges.



8:30 a.m.          Registration, Refreshments, and Resource Partners

Enjoy refreshments and visit with resource partners who provide education and services to food and farm businesses!


9:00 a.m.          Welcome and Introduction, Bob Evans Memorial Hall


9:20 a.m.          Breakout Session I 


Livestock and Meat Outlook, International Room

Dr. Andrew Griffith, University of Tennessee

A look at livestock production, expected inventory changes, meat production, and consumer demand and how they will influence livestock and meat prices in the coming year.


Legislation That Would Change Meat Processing, Eastman Room

Elizabeth Rumley J.D., LL.M., National Agricultural Law Center

A general outline of authority for slaughter and processing of meat and poultry, a discussion of the effective differences between state and federal processing oversight, including custom exempt slaughter, and an overview of proposed federal and state bills that might affect processing requirements in the United States.


10:05 a.m.        Break - Visit with resource partners! 


10:25 a.m.        Breakout Session II


Planning to Advance Mobile Meat Slaughter and Processing in Ohio and Central Appalachia Panel, International Room

Angela Blatt, Ohio Food Policy Network; Paul Dorrance, Pastured Providence; and Rachel Tayse, Franklin County Local Food Council Steering Committee

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. Speakers share current information about “Planning to Advance Mobile Meat Slaughter and Processing in Ohio and Central Appalachia”, an 18-month project that tests the need for an additional local meat value chain intervention that serves red meat livestock farmers, processors, and consumers.


Ohio Farm Bureau: Ohio Meat Policy Updates, Eastman Room

Brandon Kern, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

A discussion of meat processing policy issues, the Meat Processing Investment grant program, and recent legislation and initiatives supporting small and mid-size processors.


11:15 a.m.        Plenary Session, Bob Evans Memorial Hall


The State of Meat Processing

Dr. Lyda Garcia, The Ohio State University

A look at the meat processing industry, the impact of COVID-19 on the supply chain, considerations for new and growing processors, and an outlook into the next year of meat processing and marketing in Ohio.

Connect with Resource Providers!

  • OSU Extension Beef Team
  • Ohio Department of Agriculture
  • Appalachian Center for Economic Networks
  • Ohio Association of Meat Processors
  • Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association 
  • OSU Extension Direct Ag Marketing Team

Partners will be available throughout the morning to share their services and resources for Ohio meat producers and processors.