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Cooperative interstate shipment

The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network in collaboration with USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service will present a free one hour webinar entitled "Cooperative Interstate Shipment: How's It Working Out?" on Feb. 4, at 1 p.m. EST.

The CIS program was authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill and launched by FSIS in 2012. The goal was to expand market opportunities for small meat and poultry processors by allowing state-inspected meats from qualifying plants to be shipped across state lines.

Ohio was the first state to qualify in August 2012, followed by Wisconsin.

The NMPAN/USDA-FSIS webinar will feature inspection program directors and plant operators from both Ohio and Wisconsin talking about why their states signed up and how it's working out so far for the plants who are participating. The directors will also describe the process they went through to qualify. An official from USDA-FSIS will provide background on the CIS program.

TO ATTEND: Go to https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/nichemeat a few minutes before start time and log on as a guest. All NMPAN webinars are free and open to the public.

For more information: email Lauren Gwin, NMPAN Co-Coordinator at lauren.gwin@oregonstate.edu or call her at 541-737-1569.

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How to join NMPAN: go to the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network website, type your email address into the box on the right, and click "subscribe."

– Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network