Commentary: Secretary Vilsack, don’t invest in a broken system
I own a small on-farm USDA inspected red meat and poultry slaughter and processing plant. Each year, we raise, process and market as much as a million pounds of pastured pork and poultry.
As a small processor, a current and past member of USDA advisory committees, and as an industry advocate, I want the U.S. Department of Agriculture to stand firm to its commitment to strengthen local and regional food systems and support U.S. farmers and ranchers. Existing small scale processors are essential to this goal, but need urgent support.