9:00 am Welcome and Introduction
9:05 am Breakout Session I
Livestock and Meat Outlook
Dr. Andrew Griffith, University of Tennessee
A look at livestock production, expected inventory changes, meat production, and consumer demand and how they will influence livestock and meat prices in the coming year.
Legislation That Would Change Meat Processing
Elizabeth Rumley J.D., LL.M., National Agricultural Law Center
A general outline of authority for slaughter and processing of meat and poultry, a discussion of the effective differences between state and federal processing oversight, including custom exempt slaughter, and an overview of proposed federal and state bills that might affect processing requirements in the United States.
9:50 am Resources for Meat Producers and Processors
10:20 am Break
10:30am Breakout Session II
Ohio Farm Bureau: Ohio Meat Policy Updates
Brandon Kern, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
A discussion of meat processing policy issues, the Meat Processing Investment grant program, and recent legislation and initiatives supporting small and mid-size processors.
Planning to Advance Mobile Meat Slaughter and Processing in Ohio and Central Appalachia Panel
Angela Blatt, Ohio Food Policy Network; Paul Dorrance, Pastured Providence; and Rachel Tayse, Franklin County Food Council Steering Committee
Demand for local meat continues to grow, but bottlenecks in the local meat value chain, especially the limited processing capacity, continue to inhibit the market opportunities for livestock farmers in Ohio and Central Appalachia. Speakers share current information about “Planning to Advance Mobile Meat Slaughter and Processing in Ohio and Central Appalachia”, an 18-month project that tests the need for an additional local meat value chain intervention that serves red meat livestock farmers, processors, and consumers.
11:15 am Plenary Speaker
The State of Meat Processing
Dr. Lyda Garcia, The Ohio State University
A look at the meat processing industry, the impact of COVID-19 on the supply chain, considerations for new and growing processors, and an outlook into the next year of meat processing and marketing in Ohio.