Welcome to the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network


NMPAN is an university Extension-based community of practice of people and organizations helping small meat processors thrive by growing our shared wealth of information and innovation. We offer tools and technical assistance for small processors and the farmers, marketers, and meat buyers who depend on them. NMPAN is housed at Oregon State University.

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Beginner’s Guide to Local Meat Processing

New to the world of meat processing? Want to learn more about key terminology, what meat processing entails, and a bit about regulations and meat processing economics? Check out our four part series on local meat processing.
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Running Your Facility

Processing best practices, equipment, and keeping the wheels on every day. Also, animal welfare best practices & science so you can provide the best care for your animals and ensure regulatory compliance.
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Webinars & Case Studies

Learn from the experts: focused sessions on practical issues and innovations. Profiles of innovative processors.
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Planning a New Facility or Expansion

Tools for planning a small processing business, cost calculation, plant design, and testing your plan’s feasibility.
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Regulations & Food Safety

Processing regulations, HACCP, food safety, and microbiology.
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Mobile Slaughter and Processing

All aspects of going mobile: case studies, design and construction, financial models, regulatory considerations, and video.
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