The COVID-19 pandemic quickly drew consumers and decision-makers’ attention to the critical role meat processing availability plays in the food supply chain.
What presented in 2020 as a challenge has marinated into an opportunity for the food & agriculture sector to partner with legislators, regulators and others to improve farmer accessibility to meat processing facilities, and ultimately increase meat processing capacity.
In an ideal environment, these conversations and initiatives would lead to farmers having readily available livestock markets and consumers having improved access to the meat products they demand.
If this topic whets your appetite, join the Michigan Farm Bureau Hitching Post session, ‘Meat’ in the Middle, on July 20 at noon. Register for the Zoom meeting to gain live access to our expert panel, including:
Serving as moderator, Birchmeier said ‘Meat’ in the Middle will explore how industry consolidation and the pandemic brought about renewed interest, discussions and possible solutions to the meat processing industry. He also explained the significance of this issue to Farm Bureau’s member-driven policy.
“Last year county Farm Bureaus submitted numerous policy recommendations related to the meat processing sector, which led to our members crafting a new policy entirely dedicated to the topic” Birchmeier said. “I’m looking forward to this conversation because I think it will shed light on how we can advocate for legislative and regulatory changes and how Farm Bureau members can influence and educate our decision-makers on these issues.”
“I’m also excited to hear from our panelists about their first-hand experience dealing with these issues and the potential they see in their local communities for stability and growth.”
Read more about Farm Bureau policy on meat processing:
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