Mississippi – SARE Southern

Last Updated on August 22, 2023 by Hannah Stevens

Farm-to-Fork Strategies Being Developed to Better Market Meat Products

Mississippi State University, Alcorn State University, and Tuskegee University are creating farm-to-fork tools for small-scale livestock producers to help them harvest, process, and market their product more efficiently. This information is targeted at the meat goat industry.

The researchers have been awarded a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Grant (SSARE) Professional Development Program Grant to design and build a mobile meat processing unit that can be used for cold storage, fabrication and processing, as well as marketing and cooking. Four key concepts in value-added processing and safety, marketing, and cookery will be covered during mobile training workshops.

Empowerment of Small Producers

Derris Burnett, MSU animal science specialist, stated that small producers can be empowered to provide valuable training for their agents and processors so that they can implement more sustainable management strategies that are based on a better understanding of their markets.

This project uses the basics of biology, anatomy, and chemistry to help producers, processors, as well as other meat industry workers, learn new ways to market, process, and cook meat products. The lesson begins by identifying the specific cut of meat of a particular species. Next, the lesson explains the anatomical and biological components as well as the chemical components of each muscle. This is particularly useful for small ruminants, where these products may not be as well-known and consumers/producers may lack the ability to prepare or process their products.

SARE in Mississippi

The Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE), is sponsored by the Southern Region SARE and coordinated by Mississippi State University and Alcorn State University. Our efforts together are to create a program that improves the state’s environmental, social and economic sustainability through education and research. Mississippi SARE works with producers, researchers, extension faculty, community organizations, and other stakeholders to find and implement science-based practices in all areas of Mississippi’s agriculture system. SARE provides education in sustainable agriculture through a variety of training each year.

You can also read more about Farm Certifications – SARE Southern.

Mississippi Impacts

  • $2.6 million in funding since 1988
  • 47 projects funded since 1988

You can also read about the Louisiana – SARE Southern and the North Carolina- SARE Southern.

Professional Development Program

In each state, agricultural educators work directly alongside farmers and ranchers to promote sustainable agriculture production and marketing. SARE state agricultural coordinators offer support in sustainable agriculture education and outreach strategies through a program called “The Professional Development Program” (PDP).

Fellows Program

The Sustainable Agriculture Fellows Program is offered by SARE and NACAA. It enhances Cooperative Extension staff’s knowledge of sustainable agriculture and gives them broad-based national exposure to unique and successful sustainable agriculture programs.

State Contacts

SARE State Coordinators play a vital role in expanding sustainable agriculture training for Extension, NRCS and other agricultural professionals. This will help producers transition to a more sustainable farming system.

Franklin Chukwuma

State Coordinator
Alcorn State University

Email | (601) 877-2312

Leyla Rios De Alvarez

Sheep and Goat Specialist
Mississippi State University

Email | (662) 325-0123

You can see more Farm Grants for Females elsewhere on this website.