The Oregon Meat Initiative is focused on creating opportunities for producers and processors to grow and meet local demand for meat sales and donations. This initiative brings options throughout the supply chain from the regulatory changes to resources to expand capacity for meat processing and infrastructure in Oregon.
State Meat Inspection Program in Oregon
Oregon has not had a State Meat Inspection Program since 1971. However, in 2020 the Oregon Legislature allocated funding to the Oregon Department of Agriculture to start an Oregon State Meat Inspection Program. The resulting State Meat Inspection Program is expected to come online in July 2022. Regular status updates are shared in the Meat Stakeholder Group Meetings.
Growing the market demand for local meat products
The ODA Agricultural Development and Marketing Program
works to support producers and processors understand the market demand for meat products in retail channels including direct to consumer marketing channels. It also supports local, domestic, and international promotions and works to help support and expand meat processing capacity in Oregon.
Additionally, staff identify resources to assist meat producers and processors in Oregon. These small businesses face many constraints that several state and local programs are working to address. Resources for grants, loans and informational materials will be valuable for current meat processing companies or those interested in getting started.
Meat industry stakeholder group
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) facilitates a meat industry stakeholder group to share updates and gather feedback. The group includes livestock producers, USDA inspected meat processors, custom processors, food bank staff, retail buyers, associations, university representatives and federal, state, county government officials.
The group meets every other month to provide updates on the State Meat Inspection Program as well as discuss the broader State Meat Initiative.
To sign up for this email list, contact Ag.Market@oda.oregon.gov