Voice of the Farmer: A Survey of Indiana Meat Farmers and Their Processing Needs

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2018: $15,000.00
Projected End Date: 02/28/2020
Grant Recipient: Nightfall Farm
Region: North Central
State: Indiana
Project Coordinator:
Liz Brownlee
Nightfall Farm
An eight page handout sharing the results of our farmer survey. Eighty farmers filled out our survey, and their input was surprising. Most (88%) view processing as a barrier to growth. Their top reasons for choosing a processor were not distance or convenience, but rather trust, animal handling, and quality. We hope that these and other insights in the report can inform potential and current meat processors, ag professionals who work with farmers, and other decision makers. This survey and report were a collaboration with Indiana University's Sustainable Food Systems Science program.
Fact Sheet
Jodee Ellett, Indiana University
Target audiences:
Farmers/Ranchers; Educators
Ordering info:
Liz Brownlee
Nightfall Farm
7740 W. Co. Rd. 1100 S.
Crothersville, IN 47229
This product is associated with the project "Planning for a Farmer-to-Farmer Butcher Shop"
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.