State Help / Find a Processor

If you need more help than this website can offer, the Niche Meat Processing Assistance Network has rounded up resources for each state (or close to), called State Affiliates. We are working hard to identify a reliable affiliate for each state, but thus far only have 30 out of 50 states covered. State Affiliates are either in university extension, state departments of agriculture, or similar organizations, and regularly work with small meat processors and producers. State Affiliates should be able to provide you with state-specific answers and help you identify resources in your state. We also provide additional contact information for state and regional meat processor trade associations and other non-profits assisting small meat processors and producers.

Looking for a USDA inspected processor for red meat or poultry? See the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) database here. You can search by plant name, state, type of processing, and other parameters. If you are looking for a state inspected or a custom exempt plant, reach out to your state department of agriculture for a list of licensees.

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North Dakota

Dr. Robert Maddock

Associate Professor – Meat Science

North Dakota State University
(701) 231-8975

North Dakota

Dakota Association of Meat Processors

(701) 269-8452


Dr. Lyda G. Garcia

Assistant Professor


Dr. Curtis Knipe

Associate Professor

Ohio State University
(614) 292-4877


Ohio Association of Meat Processors
(740) 828-9900


Jeremy Freer


11275 Lovers Lane


Oklahoma-Texas Meat Processors Association
(405) 744-6329


Northwest Meat Processors Association


Rustin Rock

Field Operations Manager

Oregon Department of Agriculture
(503) 986-6464


Rebecca Thistlethwaite

Extension Specialist



Dr. Jonathan A. Campbell

Assistant Professor & Extension Meat Specialist &
(814) 867-2880

South Dakota

Dakota Association of Meat Processors

(701) 269-8452


Wendell (Hal) Pepper

Extension Specialist II – Value-Added Dairy Processing

University of Tennessee


Dr. Davey Griffin

Professor and Meat Specialist & Executive Director for the Texas Association of Meat Processors

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service


Texas Association of Meat Processors
(979) 458-0530


Leann Hunting

Director of Animal Industry Division


Noel McSpadden

Meat and Poultry Inspection Program Manager


Virginia Association of Meat Processors

(804) 378-1667


Northwest Meat Processors Association

West Virginia

Quinton Jones

Assistant Director, Meat & Poultry Inspection Bureau

West Virginia Department of Agriculture. 1900 Kanawha Blvd., E.
(304) 558-2206

West Virginia

Dr. P. Brett Kenney

Professor of Food Science

West Virginia University
(304) 293-1896


Dr. Jeff J. Sindelar

Professor and Extension Meat Specialist

Meat Science & Animal Biologics Discovery, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors
(608) 634-2858


Dr. Cody Gifford

Assistant Professor, Meat Science

University of Wyoming


Wyoming Meat Processors Association

No affiliate in your state? Help us find one.
State Affiliates are NMPAN’s “eyes and ears” on the ground and our primary contact in each state. They bring useful resources to the network’s attention, provide information and updates on niche meat processing development efforts, and keep the network relevant by identifying priority problems and challenges to niche processing.

State Affiliates usually hold positions that allow them to provide services to niche processors at low to no cost, i.e. such assistance fits clearly within their job description, for example, those who work for a state department of agriculture or university extension.

To become an NMPAN State Affiliate, please tell us about yourself and your connection with niche meat processing by emailing us [our email addresses are at the bottom of this page] some information about yourself, along with answers to the following three questions:

  • How are you involved with niche meat processing?
  • What are your primary processing-related challenges?
  • Where have you found help meeting these challenges? (Please be as specific as possible: people, organizations, guidebooks, websites, etc.)

We look forward to hearing from you.

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