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Sustainable beef production in New England: policy and value-chain challenges and opportunities

Author:
Crowley, Morgan A., Shannon, Kara E., Leslie, Isaac Sohn, Jilling, Andrea, McIntire, Cameron D., Kyker-Snowman, Emily
Source:
Agroecology and sustainable food systems 2019 v.43 no.3 pp. 274-298
ISSN:
2168-3573
Subject:
beef, beef cattle, beef production, issues and policy, slaughter, supply chain, New England region
Abstract:
We review existing challenges and possible solutions for increasing small-scale sustainable beef production in New England. Beef production policies are most effectively implemented when the impacts of regulation, facility accessibility, and seasonality are considered. Limitations surrounding scheduling availability, skill, and services offered create challenges that reduce processing facility accessibility for small-scale producers. Relationship building facilitates trust and communication between all members of the beef value chain. Voluntary certifications offer value translation and financial networks for beef producers. State inspection and slaughter/processing programs provide scale-appropriate policy solutions for sustainable beef in New England.
Agid:
6315070