Bolstering Butcher Licensures
From mnfoodcharter.com; 9/24/15:A recently-passed bill will create more licensed butchers in Minnesota, supporting the Northeast region and keeping farms connected to consumers. While Minnesotans’ appetite for locally-processed meat is as hearty as ever, the unfortunate reality is that small-town butchers are fewer and farther between than ever before. Two-thirds of the owners of small Minnesota meat processing facilities are at or near retirement age, with only one-third with succession plans. Compounding the problem, the entire Northeast section of the state is void of meat processing facilities, forcing farmers to travel long distances for processing. Read entire article here.