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What is 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.


Who is part of NMPAN?

▪   University cooperative extension (our core)

▪   State and federal departments of agriculture and health

▪   Non-governmental organizations (of many types)

▪   Livestock producers, processors, marketers, and buyers

The NMPAN leadership team is comprised of two co-coordinators and a nine-member advisory board drawn from industry, academia, NGOs, and government. Learn more about NMPAN People>>


We have state affiliates in 40 states. Find help in your state>>

We combine comprehensive, often site-specific technical assistance with coordinated action for larger-scale, systemic solutions to challenges facing the niche meat processing sector.


What Are Niche Meats?

Locally raised, certified organic, grass-fed, no hormones or antibiotics, certified humane — we use “niche” very broadly to refer to many types of market differentiation.


NMPAN Sponsors

NMPAN has received support from USDA Rural Development, USDA Economic Research Service, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Heifer International, the national eXtension Initiative, USDA CSREES, the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, and Oregon State University.



▪   Ask questions, get answers, and share ideas: the NMPAN listserve>>


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.