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NMPAN by the Numbers:

Our listserv and monthly newsletter have:

Our newsletter has a double the industry standard:

Our website receives 20,000 to:

Our youtube channel has:

Our listserv and monthly newsletter have:


Our newsletter has a double the industry standard:

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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.

Read more about our impacts and the demographics of our membership in our 2023 Annual Report here.

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

  • 50% meat processing (custom, state, & USDA inspected plants, slaughter through retail butchering, mostly small and very small plants)

  • 21% meat producers (farmers & ranchers)

  • 18% other (suppliers, consultants, NGOs)

  • 10% academia and government

  • 7% meat brands/brokers/distributors


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 1,800 people asking questions and sharing advice about meat and poultry processing

Business Sponsor Levels

Gold Level Support

$ 10,000 Year
  • 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

Silver Level Support

$ 5,000 Year
  • listed on our website under supporters
  • listed on the footer of our newsletter 4 times over the year
  • all other benefits described above

Bronze Level Support

$ 2,000 Year
  • listed on our website under supporters
  • listed on the footer of our newsletter for 1 month
  • all other benefits described above

Current Business Sponsors Include

Lorentz Meats

Bunzl Processing Division
Ultrasource LLC

Annual Supporter Levels

Just like public radio, NMPAN only exists with your support. We do not receive any funding through our sponsor university and must raise all of our funds to operate. If you think our work is valuable, please consider becoming an annual supporter of our work. Click on this link to donate easily through the OSU Foundation portal.





Academia, Students, & Other Allies


You can also donate by check if you prefer.

Please make checks payable to “OSU Foundation” and write the name NMPAN in the memo line. Send to:

OSU Foundation
4238 SW Research Way.
Corvallis, OR 97333-1068

If you are interested in becoming a business sponsor or joining our annual supporter program at a different level or should you need an invoice, please contact NMPAN Director Rebecca Thistlethwaite at or call 541-806-1526. You can also donate now at this link through the secure OSU Foundation portal.

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