Primary State Affiliate
Extension Meat Specialist
Other Contacts in Pennsylvania
A good starting point for any small meat business in Pennsylvania is the Farmers Guide to Processing and Selling Meat or Poultry. It was published by the PSU Cooperative Extension in 2000. It reviews some of the certifications you’ll have to go through with PA Dept. of Ag (but, the guide was intended for fresh meats and not sausages).
Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN) National Contacts
Rebecca Thistlethwaite, Program Manager
Dr. Lauren Gwin, Director
Poultry processing questions:
Dr. Anne Fanatico
Appalachian State University
Mobile processing unit questions:
Island Grown Farmers Co-op
Lopez Island, WA
National Small Meat Processor Trade Associations
American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP)
One Meating Place, Elizabethtown, PA 17022
AAMP works exclusively with small and very small meat processing plants. They often are able to provide detailed regulatory and production advice over the phone.
North American Meat Association (NAMA)
1910 Association Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191
NAMA works with small and large meat processors.