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In this issue: Lunch & Learn: Free marketing info, Meat/poultry FSIS Q&A, Shipping by USPS, FSA loan rates, Educate your consumers on pasture-raised.

Lunch & Learn: Monday, April 20 at noon

USDA FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Service) regulations can be...challenging. Is my farm eligible for the exemption? What are the rules on <1000 or <20,000 birds? What's 'custom' meat butchering and where can I sell my custom butchered meat?

Join our guest Brian Moyer of Penn State Extension for Q&A on regulations for meat and poultry. Register here and the private Zoom link will be sent by 9 am that morning.


Download the flyer.

(Thanks to all who responded to our 'best day/times' survey--Mondays were the most common day chosen with Thursday and Saturday in 2nd place. Noon and evening a 50-50 1st choice. We'll mix web meetings among these options.)
Considering shipping your perishable or non-perishable farm goods?

USPS Commercial Shipping Options + Pricing for E-Commerce
Tuesday, April 14 @ 1:30pm 
Join USPS for a zoom call to discuss how farmers can use USPS commercial shipping options for perishable and nonperishable items. Email Rachel.E.Norton-Rowland@usps.gov to be added to the meeting.
Meat and Poultry Processing FAQs

Considering on-farm slaughter for poultry? Have questions about regs for meat processing at custom vs. USDA facilities?Regs at the federal  and state levels differ between meat and poultry. 

How can I talk to a real person to get clarity on federal regs? USDA's Small Plant Help Desk is the most direct way to find answers. to common questions  or submit a question to the technical experts. Email InfoSource@fsis.usda.gov or call 1-877-FSIS-HELP (1-877-374-7435).

What about 'custom' poultry processing? Can your farm get an exemption? What are the <1000 and <20K bird exemptions? See Guidance for Determining Whether a Poultry Slaughter or Processing Operation is Exempt from Inspection Requirements of the Poultry Products Inspection Act  Register for our web call  Monday, Apr. 20th at noon. 

Where can I sell custom slaughtered poultry? Download the  "Marketing custom slaughtered poultry" factsheet.

Egg with a smile saying 'get cracking'.I want to sell eggs on my farm--do I need an inspection? That depends--if you wash them you'll need an inspected refrigerator. Find your regional PA Dept of Ag rep here. 

Summary of Federal Poultry Exemptions fact sheet.

 
Educating Your Buyers on Pasture-raised
Graphic of flyer for pastured meat benefitsFood Animal Concerns Trust has downloadable handouts on the nutritional benefits of pasture-raised foods. They will even customize the docs for your farm if you send them photos and basic info, which you can then download and use as you wish. Visit link.

FACT also offers free slide decks and webinars:
    Strategies for Online Farm Sales: Watch Recording or Download Slides
 - 3 Steps to Your Profitable Farm: Watch Recording or Download Slides
 - Create a Farm Website That Sells: Watch Recording or Download Slides
 - Find Customers on Social Media: Watch Recording or Download Slides
 - Quality of Life on Your Profitable FarmWatch Recording or Download Slides
 - Creative Marketing for Humane FarmsWatch Recording or Download Slides
 - Operating a Meat CSAWatch Recording or Download Slides

 
FSA Farm Storage Facility Loans
low-interest financing  to build or upgrade permanent storage facilities and to purchase portable (new or used) structures, equipment and storage and handling trucks.  Producers do not need to demonstrate the lack of commercial credit availability to apply. 
April 2020 CCC lending rates are: FSFL Rates
0.750% for Farm Storage Facility Loans with 3 year loan terms
0.750% for Farm Storage Facility Loans with 5 year loan terms
1.000% for Farm Storage Facility Loans with 7 year loan terms
1.000% for Farm Storage Facility Loans with 10 year loan terms
1.125% for Farm Storage Facility Loans with 12 year loan terms 
Visit fsa.usda.gov/pricesupport or find your local FSA office here.
More programs for small to mid-sized farms here.
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