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Workshops explore livestock harvesting, marketing - Friday, February 26, 2010

Livestock harvesting and marketing workshops will be held in north and south Louisiana for county agents, agriculture professionals, and livestock producers across the state. These are important topics to ensure compliance with regulations as more farmers transition to home  harvest, processing and marketing of  meat from their grass fed cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens.


Workshop speakers will present:


            • "Meat Inspection: Compliance with the Regulations” by Jim Jenkins, Program Manager, Meat and Poultry Inspection, Office of Animal Health and Food Safety, Louisiana  Department of Agriculture & Forestry


            •"Identifying and Utilizing Non-traditional Markets for Meat” by Stuart Gardener, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA


            • "What the End User Wants” by Louisiana Chef Bobby Williams


            • "Further Processing/Added Value/Ethnic Markets” by YaSin Muhaimin, Louisiana producer


A workshop will be held in north Louisiana on Tuesday, April 6, at the LSU Calhoun Research Station on 321 Hwy. 80 East in Calhoun. The workshop will be repeated April 14 at the LSU/SU Breaux Bridge Extension Office at 114 Courthouse Street in Breaux Bridge.


The workshop is free but pre-registration is required. Contact James McNitt at, or (225) 771-2262 x 270, Carl Motsenbocker at or (225) 578-1036, or Natalie Levy or (225) 578-1037 for more information or to register.


The workshop is sponsored by the Louisiana Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program, LSU AgCenter, and SU AgCenter.