The Direct and Local Meat Marketing Project is a joint effort between the University of Kentucky, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Kentucky State University, Partners for Family Farms, and Kentucky farmers. The objective of the project is to increase the profitability and sustainability of Kentucky livestock producers and to improve the viability of rural communities throughout the region.
The project will provide assistance to producers in developing and marketing products that will flow through local markets. It will provide educational and assistance programs for development of business plans. Consumer research will be conducted on the acceptability of Kentucky raised and processed products. Local processors will be assisted in uniformly cutting carcasses, value-added processing, and food safety management under HACCP. All parties will be assisted with complying with state and federal requirements for the labeling and sale of meat. All marketing, processing, and production information will be assimilated into an educational training program.
The mailing list for the project has grown very large, and I would like to see it grow even larger. If you are interested in following the progress of the project or need assistance in direct marketing of meat, please call or e-mail Jennifer Hunter at the University of Kentucky.