Here you’ll find links to research papers by NMPAN staff and others. If you have research papers you’d like to see listed here, please send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gwin, L. & Thistlethwaite, R. (2020). Best Practices Guide for Open-Air Poultry Slaughter. OSU Extension Publication #EM9273. Covers processing site, pest control, potable water, personal hygiene, cleaning vs. sanitizing, pathogen control, slaughtering practices, antimicrobial solutions, packaging, recordkeeping, wastewater, and Oregon specific rules. Although this guide is specific to Oregon laws for exempt poultry slaughter, the best practices are applicable anywhere on-farm poultry slaughter is allowed or for personal use.
Gwin, L. & Thistlethwaite, R. (2019). USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Briefing Paper: Lessons Learned from Public Investment in Local and Regional Meat and Poultry Processing Activities.
In 2017, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) entered into a cooperative research agreement with the Niche Meat Processor Association Network (NMPAN) to assess 20 years of public investment in local meat and poultry processing activities by AMS in the form of competitive grants. The report was completed in January 2019.
NMPAN analyzed 35 projects most relevant to meat and poultry processing including 12 Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP), 21 Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP), and 2 Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), set of projects, totaling $2,113,983 in grant funds. The grants were awarded between 1999-2015. NMPAN reviewed project documents and interviewed past project leaders.
The report provides examples of projects where financial and technical resources have been used effectively, to inform more strategic decisions by policymakers and interested stakeholders. The report identified seven lessons learned and recommended strategies. These recommendations have been reviewed by AMS staff and are being taken under advisement. This document summarizes key findings.
Seven of the projects analyzed in this report, where highlighted in more depth in the following short 3 page case studies recently published in January 2020. You can read about the impetus for their grant-funded projects, lessons learned, and other great, practical advice for applying for and receiving AMS funds to conduct meat-related projects.
- Ecological Farming Association, CA
- Heart of the Valley Co-Op, OR
- Massachusetts Dept. of Ag + CISA, MA
- Mighty Fine Poultry, MI
- Miles Smith Farm, NH
- Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council, NY
- T & E Meats, VA
Gwin, L. & Quanbeck, K. The Economics of Local Meat Processing. AgMag, Fall 2014.
Why doesn’t every county have a local slaughterhouse? This short article lays out, in straightforward terms, the economics behind local meat processing.
Gwin, L., Thiboumery, A. & Stillman, R. (2013). Local Meat and Poultry Processing: The Importance of Business Commitments for Long-Term Viability. Economic Research Report 150. Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- Download full report or report summary
- View a webinar about this report, hosted by the National Good Food Network:Local Meats Processing: Successes and Innovations (April 18, 2013)
Gwin, L. & Thiboumery, A. (2013). From Convenience to Commitment: Securing the Long-Term Viability of Local Meat and Poultry Processing. Oregon State University: NMPAN Technical Report.
***Essentially the same report as above but with policy recommendations included.***
- Download Full Report from OSU Scholar
- Report Summary and Conclusions
- Three Types of Local Meat (graphic, table, description)