A new report by the United States Department of Agriculture explores the relationship between meat processors and farmers and the logistics that complicate production. On the one hand, farmers often have to travel hours to a processor as facilities are limited. Yet on the other, small processors have trouble finding steady, reliable costumers that allow them to cover the costs of their business.

The study focuses on bridging the gap between the two in order to create a more sustainable, lucrative means of producing local meats:

“Improving coordination and communication between processors and their customers—as well as along the entire supply chain—is essential to the success and expansion of local meats. We also describe collaborative efforts around the country that address problems faced in local meat processing and marketing.”

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