Workshop for Livestock Producers Planning to Direct Market Products

Preregister Today to Learn More About Marketing Meat Cuts, Live Animals

Happy mid adult woman looking at meat through display cabinet inIf you’re a producer who is planning to sell meat directly to consumers, then jot down this date to attend free training. University of Tennessee Extension is hosting a workshop on March 20 for West Tennessee livestock producers who are interested in marketing individual meat cuts or live animals for custom processing. The information will apply to those marketing beef, pork, lamb and goat meat, but will not be relevant to poultry producers.

One of the event organizers is Tim Smith, Obion County Extension Agent. “The educational workshop will review the basic regulations involved with selling meat cuts to customers at farmers markets or direct from the farm. It will also help folks better understand how to minimize risk when selling live animals for custom processing,” Smith said.

Rob Holland, director of the UT Center for Profitable Agriculture, will be the featured speaker. “More than 35 value-added beef workshops have been taught across the state in recent years. With the strong interest by consumers in buying local foods directly from local farmers, more and more livestock producers are becoming interested in marketing meat cuts to local customers or selling live animals for custom processing. This workshop will address some of the regulatory considerations for both of these marketing methods,” Holland said.

The workshop will be held at Boyette’s Dining Room in Tiptonville and will include dinner for those who preregister. The workshop will begin at 6 p.m.  There is no fee to attend, but seating is limited. Please preregister by contacting the Obion County Extension Office at731-885-3742 or by e-mailing Tim Smith at tsmith12@utk.edu. Preregistration will be open through Thursday, March 16.

For more information about the workshop, visit the website for the Center for Profitable Agriculture: ag.tennessee.edu/cpa. Look for a link under the “educational events” menu.

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House Agriculture Committee Welcomes Returning Member Rep. Scott DesJarlais

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TCA outgoing president, Gary Daniel (left), with Rep. Scott DesJarlais

The House Agriculture Committee announced today that Congressman Scott DesJarlais will continue his work improving U.S. farm policy in the new 115th Congress.

            “It’s a privilege to serve the hardworking farmers and ranchers of Tennessee’s agriculture-intensive Fourth District, as well as all those across the country struggling with federal regulations, while putting food on America’s tables,” said Rep. Scott DesJarlais (TN-04).“My fellow members and I are dedicated to increasing productivity, innovation and development in rural communities like mine.”

            Local agriculture groups praised the appointment. “We look forward to working once again with Congressman DesJarlais as he returns to the House Agriculture Committee. He has continued to speak up on issues facing farmers not only in his Fourth District but also statewide,” said Tennessee Farm Bureau President Jeff Aiken. “We appreciate his willingness to serve and his commitment to our most important industry, agriculture.”

            Charles Hord, Executive Vice President of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, was also supportive. “Congressman DesJarlais has gone to bat for farmers in the capital numerous times on issues ranging from environmental overreach to the destructive Black Vulture. It’s nice to know Tennessee agriculture has a  friend in Congressman DesJarlais,” he said

The House Agriculture Committee oversees the United States Department of Agriculture, including crop insurance, the federal nutrition assistance program, horticulture and biotechnology, among other issues. Yesterday, the House Armed Forces Committee announcedRep. DesJarlais as a new member, and he will continue to serve on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, focused on reforming outdated civil service rules.