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Release No.STELPRD4018982
ContactDeborah Callahan706-546-2162
USDA CONTINUES CONVERSATION ABOUT COMMERCIAL GOAT INDUSTRY
December 18th Commercial Meat Goat Cooperatives and meat Processing Meeting Planned in Macon
Macon, GA, Dec 14, 2012 --

@@ USDA Rural Development State Director Quinton Robinson today announced a commercial meat goat working meeting to assist goat farmers in identifying the requirements for state and federally certified meat processing and to begin implementing strategies for development of cooperative businesses for a sustainable meat goat industry in Georgia.

   This free event is open to the public and held at the Macon Farmers Market Conference Room 3, 2055 Eisenhower Parkway, Macon, Georgia on December 18, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The meeting builds on an October 2012 meeting at which Fort Valley State University’s Georgia Small Ruminant Research and Education Center demonstrated the A-Z of best practices in goat meat production and specialists from USDA Rural Development, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Farm Service Agency shared their expertise and explained funding opportunities. It is not necessary to have attended the October meeting to participate in this December 18th meeting.

Topics during the December 18th meeting include land conservation considerations, the basics of cooperative business planning, partnership opportunities, and state and federal regulations on meat processing. Fort Valley State University’s Georgia Small Ruminant Research and Education Center, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Clients Council and representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be presenting, followed by breakout sessions for further discussion among stakeholders.

President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $176 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

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