New England and the Northeast, in general, still face shortages of meat processors for farm-raised livestock. But a new conference set for March 21 and 22 in Concord, N.H., may be a step towards alleviating that shortage.
The first-ever New England Meat Conference will be held at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. It'll be two days of networking and education for meat producers, processors and other meat professionals.
It'll bring together those involved in meat production from field to table, including farmers, processors, distributors, chefs and many others to learn from experts from across the country. The goal is to enhance the production, processing, and marketing of sustainable, nutritious, humanely-raised, and delicious meat from New England farms, say conference co-chairs Chelsea Bardot Lewis of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and Sam Fuller of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont.
On the menu
Some 26 educational sessions will include, but not limited to:
•Producing and marketing heritage breed pigs
•Mobile poultry processing
•Economics of grass-fed beef
•Dairy beef for institutional and retail markets
•Multi-producer meat brand collaboration
•Humane handling practices
•Scaling up and working with distributors
•Art and business of cured meats
•Women in the meat business
•The new butcher shop
The goal of the New England Meat Conference is to enhance the production, processing, and marketing of sustainable, nutritious, humanely-raised, and delicious meat from New England farms by providing educational and networking opportunities for meat producers, processors and consumers.
A meat industry trade show during the conference will feature innovative products and services to improve attendees' manufacturing processes from ingredients to packaging, scales to labeling equipment. It'll also attract national suppliers of new products and technologies that may be adopted by local farmers and processors, plus service providers who can provide support for these growing businesses.
Get more info and register for the conference at: www.NewEnglandMeatConference.org
. Or contact Event Manager Lori Walter at 603-573-3306.