UP Multi-species Processing Feasibility Study Project: Survey Now Open

The Upper Peninsula Multi-species Processing Feasibility Study Project is a cooperative venture between several stakeholders including Marquette County, MSU Extension, Upper Peninsula Food Exchange, Farm Bureau, and regional planning organizations, and has hired Karen Karp & Partners along with John-Mark Hack of Marksbury Farm and BJH Advisors to conduct a feasibility study. The study is designed to understand the needs of livestock producers relating to harvest and processing and what additional resources are needed to support livestock producers in the UP.

Livestock producers are critically important to the study. The project team needs to understand the number and type of animals in the region that could be harvested and processed in the UP, the areas in the UP which are underserved, and the specific types of services that are needed.

The survey for livestock producers in the UP can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UPMeatProcessing  or may be completed over the telephone by contacting Jan at the Chippewa county MSU Extension office at 906-635-6368.

The survey will be open from May 1 through May 31, 2016.

For additional information about the project contact Michelle Walk at walkmich@msu.edu or 906-635-6368 or Thyra Karlstrom at tkarlstrom@mqtco.org or 906-225-8192. For questions about the survey please contact Ben Kerrick at Karen Karp & Partners at ben@kkandp.com or 212-260-1070.