Northwest Meat Processors Association

Welcome to the Northwest Meat Processors Association

The Northwest Meat Processors Association shall work for the betterment of the meat industry in the Northwest. This will be accomplished by providing strong, qualified leadership that represents the interests of the meat industry in the legislative halls. In addition, we keep our members informed of developments and matters of development and matters of interest in the meat industry.

Spring/Summer 2022 Newsletter

Read the newsletter here or download a copy using this link.

Newsletter Summer 2022 Proof.pdf

Oregon State Meat Inspection Program Announcement

It's official! Oregon has become the first state on the West Coast approved to operate a state meat inspection program. The Oregon Department of Agriculture has entered into a cooperative agreement with the USDA, FSIS to develop, administer and enforce requirements “at least equal to” those imposed under the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA). See the USDA news release.

Thank you to you, our meat industry partners, for all your valuable input. Working together we have designed and established this program. Establishing the program is one of the first steps and we look forward to our continued partnership to help create additional opportunities for producers and processors to grow and satisfy the local demand for meat products produced in Oregon.

To learn more and how Oregon producers can apply to the State Meat Inspection Program visit the Oregon State Meat Inspection Program web page.

Meeting Reminder

The next meat industry partners meeting will be held Thursday, August 11 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. To help us address your questions during the meeting please email any questions about the Oregon program to StateMeatInspection@oda.oregon.gov We will also have time during the meeting if you have additional questions.

Proposed Agenda:

  • State Meat Inspection Program update

  • Rusty Rock and Paul Sherman, ODA Food Safety Program

  • Updates from the NW Meat Processors Association

  • Other

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NWMPA 2022 Convention

Thank you to all who came to the convention. More information on 2023 will be posted soon!

Individualized, technical support available for Washington meat processors

WSDA’s Regional Markets new Meat & Poultry Assistance Program is sponsoring individualized, technical support to Washington meat processors. You can sign up for (free) one-on-one consultations with industry specialists whose areas of expertise include: grants, feasibility studies, business planning, facility design, food safety, supply chain issues, sales, equipment, human resources, USDA inspection, getting started as a new processor, and more. This is an especially great opportunity for new processors to get advice and coaching. Washington meat processors can sign up with one (or more) of the 9 available consultants, before June 30, HERE.

WSDA is also asking Washington processors participate in a short survey about the challenges facing small meat processors in Washington. NWMPA strongly encourages Washington members to participate, to help WSDA better understand industry barriers, including labor and waste disposal management. The survey takes 8-10 minutes to complete, and closes May 31. Take the survey HERE.

USDA Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program Grants

USDA Rural Development is making $150 million of American Rescue Plan Act funding available through the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP). USDA is offering grants of up to $25 million each to expand processing capacity through a variety of activities, including but not limited to construction, expansion of existing facilities, and acquisition of equipment.

USDA encourages applications that benefit smaller farms and ranches, new and beginning farmers and ranchers, Tribes and tribal producers, socially disadvantaged producers, military veteran producers, and underserved communities.

USDA will host two informational webinars to provide information on MPPEP. The first, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, will provide an overview of the program. The second, March 7 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, will cover application requirements. Registration information for the webinars is available on the MPPEP website.

For additional information, applicants and other interested parties are encouraged to visit the MPPEP website: www.rd.usda.gov/mppep. Questions may be submitted through the website or sent to MPPEP@usda.gov.

All application materials can be found at www.rd.usda.gov/mppep or at www.grants.gov. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 11, 2022, through www.grants.gov.

What does this program do?

The Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP) provides grants to help eligible processors expand their capacity. USDA Rural Development designed the MPPEP to encourage competition and sustainable growth in the U.S. meat processing sector, and to help improve supply chain resiliency.

Who can apply for this program?

Sole proprietor businesses or other entities that engage – or want to engage – in meat and poultry processing.

How can funds be used?

Grant funds can be used to expand processing capacity by supporting activities such as:

  • Building new – or modernizing or expanding existing – processing facilities

  • Developing, installing, or modernizing equipment and technology

  • Ensuring compliance with packaging and labeling requirements

  • Upholding occupational and other safety requirements

  • Modifying facilities or equipment to protect food safety

  • Paying for voluntary grading services on value-added processed products

  • Offsetting costs associated with becoming an inspected facility

  • Supporting workforce recruitment, training, and retention

What is the maximum grant amount?

The maximum award amount is $25 million, or 20 percent of total project costs, whichever is less. There is no minimum award amount.

What are some other requirements?

Eligible applicants must:

  • Process – or plan to process – one or more species subject to the Federal Meat Inspection Act, or the Poultry Product Inspection Act.

  • Have – or plan to get – a Federal Grant of Inspection through USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, a Grant of Inspection under the Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program, or a federal equivalent Tribal or state-based meat and poultry inspection program

  • Comply with the National Environmental Policy Act and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and all other applicable states, local or Tribal laws.

What governs this program?

The MPPEP is authorized by Section 1001(b)(4) of the American Rescue Plan Act – also known as Public Law 117-2.

How do I apply?

Check the Request for Applications (RFA) at www.grants.gov.

GRANT APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW for new WSDA Local Meat Processing Capacity Grants!

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is offering Local Meat Processing Capacity Grants to small and midsize meat processors in Washington State. This grant is for entities that can offer increased availability of meat or poultry slaughter or processing services needed by direct-marketing Washington farms and ranches. This grant makes investments that expand capacity, or increase efficiency, food safety, waste management, humane livestock handling or workforce capability.

There are 2 grant categories:


Small Projects

  • Grant amount: Up to $150,000

  • Grant project timeline: April 1, 2022 to June 30, 2022

  • Deadline to apply: February 28, 2022


Large Projects

  • Grant amount: $150,000-$750,000

  • Grant project timeline: April 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023

  • Deadline to apply: March 7, 2022

Please see the grant webpage for Grant Guidelines, Application Forms, and additional grant information.

Join WSDA for a grant info session, 9AM Wednesday, February 9th: please sign up here for a zoom link.

Questions? Email alyssa.jumars@agr.wa.gov or call 206-743-4169

Oregon Meat Processing Infrastructure and Capacity Building Grant Program Webinar

Oregon has allocated $2 million in grant funding to expand the capacity of Oregon meat processors for livestock raised in Oregon. Applicants may request up to $500,000 for equipment, physical improvements, technical assistance, and education/training to achieve this goal. The grant is open to:

  • Meat processors that are currently under USDA inspection

  • Other existing meat processors planning to come under the new State Meat Inspection Program

  • New meat processing businesses planning to come under the new State Meat Inspection Program

To learn more, please join us for an informational webinar on Friday, February 11, 2022 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

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Contact

Questions: Contact Karla Valness at karla.valness@oda.oregon.gov or 503-986-4554

Learn more at: https://oda.direct/meatprocessing

USDA Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program will accept applications starting in October 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will open the Request for Applications (RFA) for the Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant Program in early October 2021. This is a shift from the originally scheduled opening date.

Once open, applicants will still have 45 days to apply. The PRS grant program will provide assistance to small businesses in certain commodity areas, including specialty crop producers, shellfish farming, finfish farming, aquaculture and apiculture; specialty crop, meat, and other processors; distributors; and farmers markets. Approximately $650 million in funding is available for the PRS grants, which are funded by the Pandemic Assistance provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

For detailed descriptions of eligible entities, please see the Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program forecast at USDA-AMS-TM-PRS-G-21-0011. Eligible entities should visit the PRS grant portal for complete information on the program, including how to obtain a free of charge DUNS Number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) BEFORE applying for this program.

The application portal for the PRS grant program will open in October 2021.

Apprenticeship Announcement

The NWMPA is pleased to announce that we have our Meat Cutters Apprenticeship Program ready to roll out! We are now taking applications for shops to join and become a part of this industry changing program to raise the level of workmanship, wages and working conditions for everyone in the meat industry in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Some of the key benefits for employers are:

  • Employees with university level education on all aspects of meat cutting and processing

  • Well trained meat cutters who are able to perform all aspects without supervision

  • A pay structure that will encourage people into your shop and will help retain workers

Documents for processors interested in the apprenticeship program are below (all documents in Microsoft Word format):

For more information on how you can get involved, please reach out to our training director, Troy Wilcox. He can be reached by phone at (360) 324-6000 or by email at troywilcox@corrpac.com.