The American Association of Meat Processors is a trade association that serves over 1,500 members.
Welcome to AAMP Webinar Week! We have two great presentations for you to help you find great talent and navigate the grant-writing process.
On November 30 at 2PM ET, we have the second presentation from HR expert Oliver Lee Mincey. "How to Evaluate & Select Hell Yeah Talent" will help you develop a candidate-centric interview and selection process to help you find and hire great job candidates. Whether you're looking for management help or line-level employees, you can learn some valuable tips.
On December 2 at 2PM ET, Christi Southerland of Prosperity Ag will discuss "Grant-Writing Basics & sam.gov." This webinar will walk attendees through the sam.gov registration process and discuss common issues and roadblocks. AAMP encourages attendees to review the walkthrough manual (https://www.aamp.com/Files/Sam-gov-walkthrough.pdf) and begin the registration process.
You can register for both events by clicking here: https://linktr.ee/aampmeat. Remember, if you are unable to attend the live event, you can register and be alerted when the webinars are added to our website.
Good morning, and welcome to our latest installment of "This EPA Questionnaire is problematic." In today's case, processors are filling out the questionnaire and checking all of the CBI (Confidential Business Information) boxes where appropriate. However, when they print out a PDF version of the questionnaire for their records, the boxes are NOT shown as checked. The issue, according to the EPA helpline, is that the PDF does not check the boxes -- it highlights the boxes you checked in blue instead. If you print out a black-and-white copy of the PDF, you'll have a hard time identifying which boxes you checked and which you didn't.
So, we recommend that you print out the questionnaire in color, so that you have an easily identifiable record of the CBI boxes you checked. Keep reaching out to your AAMP staff with any questions you may have, and we'll do our best to get you answers.
From our AAMP family to you and yours, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
The AAMP offices will be closed the rest of the week for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will be back in the office on Monday, November 28.
AAMP processor member Meat & Complete, LLC is hosting a grand opening of its USDA-inspected kitchen on Saturday, November 26 in Valentine, Neb. Read the article below about the company and its Cibo protein bars, which are baked and feature a mix of ground beef, fruit, vegetables and a spice blend.
The American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP) and the Indiana Meat Packers & Processors Association (IMPPA) are pleased to present a FREE webinar on Friday, December 2 at 2:00 EST. “Grant Writing Basics and sam.gov” will feature Christi Southerland, Managing Partner at Prosperity Ag. You can register for the webinar here: http://bit.ly/3VhIHKM.
The sam.gov/UEI registration is required by the USDA and other government entities for any financial assistance programs. This federal registration verifies an entity and enables the government to direct deposit funding into the registrants' bank account. In preparation of upcoming federal grant programs, it is important for entities to begin this registration process now.
The sam.gov system has undergone changes in 2022, which can be confusing to those navigating the website. In an effort to best equip meat processors, this webinar will walk attendees through the registration process and discuss common issues and roadblocks. AAMP encourages attendees to review the walkthrough manual (available at https://www.aamp.com/Files/Sam-gov-walkthrough.pdf) and begin the registration process. Please come to this webinar with any questions or issues that you might be facing to complete this process.
Christi Southerland is the Managing Partner at Prosperity Ag, working with clients throughout the United States. With a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University, Christi offers over 15 years of experience in the energy and agriculture sector. With a passion for agriculture and rural communities, she enjoys helping clients find solutions and navigating them to success.
Since 2007, Prosperity Ag has offered full-service consulting in the areas of grant writing, guaranteed loans and general grant administration. Prosperity professionals work closely with state and federal agency contacts to help applicants develop loans and general grant administration. Prosperity endeavors to strengthen communities, empower entrepreneurs and foster growth on farms and for businesses. With more than 900 successful grants in 38 states, funding for these awards has yielded nearly $60 million.
FSIS is moving forward on a plan to include more raw beef products in its routine verification testing for E. coli, starting early in 2023. FSIS intends to begin routine verification testing for seven STEC variants that are adulterants in samples of raw ground beef, bench trim and other raw ground beef components collected at official establishments. (via Meatingplace)
FSIS to expand E. coli testing to more raw beef products USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is moving forward on a plan to include more raw beef products in its routine verification testing for E. coli, starting early in 2023. The agency...
Congratulations to the Texas A&M Meat Judging Team for winning the the 2022 national championship Nov. 13 at the American Meat Science Association, AMSA, International Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest in Dakota City, Nebraska. Team members, all students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Animal Science, placed first in beef grading, total beef, lamb judging, pork judging, specifications and placings. The team placed second in reasons and beef judging to clinch the national title.
Additionally, four students placed in the top 10 individually, with three members being named to the AMSA All-American Teams.
Read more at https://today.tamu.edu/2022/11/18/texas-am-meat-judging-team-wins-national-title/
A note from FSIS:
On February 1, 2023, FSIS intends to stop using the N60 excision sampling method to sample domestic beef manufacturing trimmings and bench trim for adulterant Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (E. coli) (STEC) and Salmonella. FSIS intends to replace the N60 excision sampling method with a non-destructive surface sampling method that uses a cloth manual sampling device. FSIS has found that the cloth sampling method is as effective as the N60 excision sampling method at recovering organisms in beef manufacturing trimmings. Additionally, the cloth sampling method is faster and safer for FSIS inspection program personnel (IPP) to use because it does not require IPP to use hooks or knives to collect samples. Moreover, the cloth sampling method allows FSIS to sample without destroying product, which reduces food waste.
FSIS is requesting comments on this method change. Interested persons must submit comments on this notice by January 23, 2023. FSIS will implement the cloth sampling on February 1, 2023, unless the agency receives substantive comments that warrant further review.
For more information, go to
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The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN), the American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP), and Kitchen Table Consultants have developed a curriculum for the Meat Processor Academy Mastermind business accelerator intensive. The Mastermind program, a continuation of the successful Meat Processing Academy short course, is a year-long, immersive experience that will help participants solve the ugliest problems in their meat business, uplevel their financial recordkeeping systems, improve profit potential, and learn from experts in the industry. Processors can apply for a limited spot at https://meatprocessoracademy.com/mastermind-program.
This online mastermind program is targeted to business owners, operators, and managers of federally or state-inspected meat businesses with 10 to 150 employees who wish to scale up and strengthen their businesses. Custom exempt businesses are not eligible for this program. Businesses without visibility into their finances are also not a good fit for this class. Attendees must have completed the Meat Processor Academy course in either the live version from March 2022 or the self-paced version that is available currently.
The year-long program combines virtual classes with one-on-one mentoring to reinforce the lessons learned, creating lasting and impactful change for your business. Classes will be tailored with direct examples happening in real time. The MPA Mastermind team of instructors employ a flexible curriculum framework that allows for course instructors to adjust lesson plans and style of delivery directly to the needs of the group.
For more information visit https://www.aamp.com/blog_home.asp?Display=73
Meat+Poultry had a feature interview with acting Deputy Undersecretary for Food Safety Sandra Eskin. She discusses her role in FSIS and the department's recent push for tackling the issue of Salmonella in poultry products.
Holding the reins As interim deputy undersecretary for food safety, Sandra Eskin is taking a proactive approach to the role.
If you produce products under the Food Safety Modernization Act, then you should be aware of this update from the FDA. The FDA final rule on Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods (Food Traceability Final Rule) establishes traceability recordkeeping requirements, beyond those in existing regulations, for persons who manufacture, process, pack, or hold foods included on the Food Traceability List (FTL).
Read more about it here:
FSMA Final Rule: Requirements for Additional Traceability Records FDA final rule on Requirements for Additional Traceability Records for Certain Foods (Food Traceability Final Rule) establishes traceability recordkeeping requirements, beyond those in existing regulations, for persons who manufacture, process, pack, or hold foods included on the FTL
AAMP's Convention Committee was recently in Charleston, SC, to make plans for our 2023 Convention. Follow along with some videos and pictures from AAMP President Darla Kiesel as she shows off this beautiful city and tells you a little about next year's events. It's going to be a great convention!
Keep up with AAMP on our website and social media accounts for more information about our convention.
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AAMP Processor Member Logan Food Co, of Alexandria, VA, has announced the acquisition of Virginia processor Gunnoe's Sausage Co. (Via Meat+Poultry)
Logan’s Sausage to acquire Virginia-based, family-owned sausage company Gunnoe’s Sausage Company has been operating for nearly 60 years.
There are many federal and state grants and loan programs available for small processors, and it can be difficult to keep track of the specifics and requirements of each one. In this article, Neil Hollifield of Ameris Bank discusses the Food Supply Chain Loan Program. He also covers why getting your bank involved in the discussion sooner rather than later is a smart strategy.
AAMP processor member Cattaneo Bros. introduces European-style beef sticks. (Via The National Provisioner)
Cattaneo Bros. introduces European-Style Beef Sticks Cattaneo Bros. brings a unique-to-market, meat-forward flavor and texture to its 100% Beef Sticks.
The latest episode of MeatsPad Podcast features Rebecca Thistlethwaite of NMPAN (Niche Market Processor Assistance Network). She reviews the last two years for small meat processors venturing into building new meat facilities. Check out the podcast at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2IK3I_TyBo&t=40s.
AAMP Processor member Fanestil Meats Fresh Local Market Cuts Ribbon on New Processing Plan, Looks Forward to Future Growth (via the Emporia Gazette):
Fanestil Meats cuts ribbon on new processing plant, looks forward to future growth Fanestil Meats cut the ribbon at its new meat processing plant Friday — and announced two large contributions to Flint Hills Technical College.
Our friends at Behrmann Meats are featured in Meat+Poultry! Check out the nice profile on the company and the interview with current AAMP Board Operator Director Cliff Behrmann.
We have gathered some more information about the EPA questionnaire that you should have received in the mail by now. Outreach Specialist Nelson Gaydos had made inquiries about the Confidential Business Information (CBI) box and why it is not visible in the online version of the form. The response is as follows:
"As is explained in the General Instructions (available on the EPA MPP Questionnaires website), the CBI claim checkboxes are presented in different places between the online and hardcopy questionnaires. If you are completing the questionnaire online, you will be presented checkboxes to claim your responses as CBI on the final Review and Print Your Responses page, presented after you have completed all questions.
If you choose to respond via hardcopy, we are unable to accept CBI responses via email. In this case, you must mail your completed hardcopy to the Helpline at the address indicated in the notification letter mailed to you by EPA."
So, if you are filling out the form online, the CBI box will appear only AFTER you have completed the form and are able to go back and review your answers. Do NOT submit the work without going back and reviewing your answers. Be liberal with your usage of the CBI box. If you don't click those boxes, any information you share could become part of the public record. Please continue to reach out to us with any questions you may have, and we will do our best to get you answers.
Minnesota Receives $15 Million To Boost Meat And Poultry Processing: The State of Minnesota is receiving $15 million from the United States Department of Agriculture to establish a revolving loan program that will support small and medium-sized meat and poultry processors. The new Meat and Poultry Revolving Loan Fund will be available through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's (MDA) Rural Finance Authority.
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Minnesota Receives $15 Million to Boost Meat and Poultry Processing The new Meat and Poultry Revolving Loan Fund will be available through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Rural Finance Authority....
AAMP Processor member Volpi Foods is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year. CEO Lorenza Pasetti recorded this podcast with Meat+Poultry about where the company has been and where it's going.
Podcast: Volpi Foods CEO commemorates 120 years in business Lorenza Pasetti describes the past and future of the specialty meat company.
Dr. Vanessa Leone of the University of Wisconsin-Madison needs your help! She is asking processors to fill out a short survey to help the school's Animal Biologics Discovery Program gain further insight into the meat industry. Please download the survey at https://www.aamp.com/Files/UWMadison/UW_MSABD_Biologics_Survery.docx and return it to Dr. Leone at [email protected].
On October 19, 2022, FSIS announced that it is amending its regulations to establish a uniform time period requirement for filing appeals of certain agency inspection decisions or actions starting December 18, 2022. The Federal Register notice on October 19, 2022, also responds to comments received on the July 2021 proposal.
Prior to this final rule, there were different regulatory requirements for appeals of FSIS decisions or actions related to inspection activities across multiple FSIS regulations. The final rule establishes a uniform appeals time period requirement of 30 calendar days from receipt of written notification of the contested inspection decision or action.
Appellants will also have 30 calendar days to file subsequent appeals if the initial appeal of the underlying decision or action is denied.
FSIS estimates that this rule will not result in additional costs to industry, consumers, or FSIS, as it is expected to economically benefit industry by providing a harmonized, streamlined appeals process.
For more information, please view the Federal Register notice. (https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/10/19/2022-22666/establishing-a-uniform-time-period-requirement-and-clarifying-related-procedures-for-the-filing-of)
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The American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP) is pleased to offer the second webinar in a series with HR expert Oliver Lee Mincey. "How to Evaluate & Select ‘Hell Yeah’ Talent" will take place at 2PM ET on Wednesday, November 30. The event is free. You can register at https://bit.ly/3TslqEU.
How to Design and Implement a Candidate-Centric Interview and Selection Process to Hire Hell Yeah Job Candidates: With careful preparation, you can maximize the interview and selection process for both line level and professional roles. And, whether you’re in a bustling metropolis or in a peaceful rural setting, crafting effective job descriptions, offering a great interview process, and making a good impression on ideal candidates are important aspects of the process and your overall success as an employer.
How to Design and Implement a Candidate-Centric Interview and Selection Process to Hire Hell Yeah Job Candidates: With careful preparation, you can maximize the interview and selection process for both line-level and professional roles. And, whether you’re in a bustling metropolis or in a peaceful rural setting, crafting effective job descriptions, offering a great interview process, and making a good impression on ideal candidates are important aspects of the process and your overall success as an employer.
Learn more about the webinar here or the link in our bio: https://www.aamp.com/blog_home.asp?display=70
We know the baseball season has just finished, but if you're looking for a team to cheer for in 2023, check out the alternate uniforms of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs! Not only are they just a couple of hours away from the AAMP offices in Elizabethtown, PA, but these folks clearly know their meat! That's some awfully intimidating scrapple, too.
AAMP's own Nelson Gaydos is quoted in this article about automation in the meat industry. The article is geared more toward the larger corproations, but even small processors have opportunities to utilize technology to resolve bottlenecks and improve efficiency!
How the meat industry is embracing automation The largest players in the meat industry, using tech in areas like packing, are investing in ways to make add more automation to their production.
Happy Veterans Day to all of our meat industry professionals who served in the armed forces. We appreciate your devotion to preserving our liberty and our freedom, and we thank you for your service!
In case you missed it (and because I botched the link the first time I tried to post it), here is a story about Emporia, KS, processor and AAMP member Fanestil Meats and its new 40,000-square-foot processing area.
Fanestil Meats opens major expansion Central Kansas processor phases out an 80-year-old building with a new 40,000-square-foot addition....
Among the election news that you may not have seen, voters in South Dakota rejected a measure that would have blocked the construction of the Sioux Falls pork processing plant. Via :
Voters reject campaign to stop $500M Sioux Falls pork plant Sioux Falls, S.D., voters said
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We were notified of the passing of Robert Hebrank Jr., who worked in the family business, Linker Machines, and was the Chief of the West Caldwell, NJ, Volunteer Fire Department. He died on November 3 from cancer at the age of 48. Our condolences and prayers go out to Bob's friends and family.
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