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The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN) is a national network of people and organizations creating and supporting appropriate-scale meat processing infrastructure for niche meat markets. Small and mid-sized plants — when available at all — can lack capacity, equipment, appropriate inspection status, and the human and financial capital to upgrade or expand. To meet this need, NMPAN assists processors, producers, buyers, regulators, and others involved in this growing sector by coordinating, distributing, and developing information and resources to improve access to processing infrastructure and the long-term stability of this sector.

NMPAN is a Cooperative Extension community of practice, housed at Oregon State University but working at a national and international scale. There is no cost to join the Network and use NMPAN resources. NMPAN also offers in-depth consulting on a fee basis.

NMPAN receives much of its support from private foundations, public agencies and grants, individual donations, and business sponsorships.

NMPAN by the Numbers:

  • Our listserv and monthly newsletter have 1,300 subscribers;
  • Our newsletter has a 60% open rate, over double the industry standard;
  • Our website receives 20,000-26,000 hits a month
  • Our YouTube channel has 555 subscribers and almost 40 videos. Some videos have tens of thousands of views, while newer ones range in the hundreds.

NMPAN membership is free and open to anybody in the meat business or related services. Currently, that membership looks like this:

  • 36% meat processing (custom, state, & USDA inspected plants, slaughter through retail butchering, mostly small and very small plants)
  • 28% meat producers (farmers & ranchers)
  • 18% other (suppliers, consultants, NGOs)
  • 10% academia and government
  • 7% meat brands/brokers/distributors

10 for 10 for 10

To celebrate our 10th Anniversary in 2018, NMPAN is seeking 10 annual sponsors at $10,000 so we can expand our impact and serve more processors. We just finished an in-depth evaluation of the impacts of our work, and could not be more proud of what we have accomplished and what we anticipate doing in the future. Enjoy the full report of the evaluation here.

Businesses that share NMPAN’s mission have supported our work since our inception, in different ways. As a project housed within a public university and the national Cooperative Extension system, NMPAN cannot endorse any specific businesses or their products. However, we can thank our business sponsors in the following ways:

Business sponsors are also welcome to:

  • Post classifieds and events in our monthly newsletter
  • Join and contribute to our listserv, which is an active group of 1,300 people asking questions and sharing advice about meat and poultry processing

Business Sponsorship Levels

$10,000/year           Gold Level Support

-listed as part of our 10 for 10 for 10 campaign on a special webpage

-listed on our website under supporters

-listed on the footer of our newsletter for 12 months

-all other benefits described above

$5,000/year             Silver Level Support

-listed on our website under supporters

-listed on the footer of our newsletter 4 times over the year

-all other benefits described above

$2,000/year             Bronze Level Support

-listed on our website under supporters

-listed on the footer of our newsletter for 1 month

-all other benefits described above

If you are interested in becoming a business sponsor for the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network, please contact NMPAN Program Manager Rebecca Thistlethwaite at thistler@oregonstate.edu or call 831-682-6812.

Current business sponsors include:

Vermont Packinghouse

Lorentz Meats

Bunzl Processing Division

Will you be next???