I recently returned from spending a few days in the woods of northern Pennsylvania for the opening weekend of firearms season for whitetail deer. This annual excursion is always a great opportunity for me to clear my head and spend time reflecting and making plans for the future. This year’s trip was especially needed considering […]

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I think it’s safe to say that 2020 did not turn out the way many small processors had planned, both personally and professionally. You may be familiar with the phrase, “in like a lion, out like a lamb.” As many processors began the year with specific business goals and deadlines, the nation was hit hard […]

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The Food Safety and Inspection Service of USDA has issued a revision to Directive 6900.2: The Humane Handling and Slaughter of Livestock. This directive informs inspection program personnel (IPP) of the requirements, verification activities, and enforcement actions for ensuring that the handling and slaughter of livestock, including disabled livestock and livestock slaughtered by religious ritual […]

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I hope that you, your families, and your employees are healthy and well. Thank you for the hard work and sacrifice that you continue to make daily. I have received numerous questions about President Trump’s executive order to keep meat and poultry processing facilities open during the COVID-19 national emergency and what it means for […]

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Thank you for the extraordinary effort that you and your staff are giving to meet the demands of consumers. You are to be commended for the services you have provided to your communities. I know these are trying times as you work to keep your supply lines full and protect your staff from contracting the […]

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