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Gathering the Herd: Vermont Meat Processing Case Study

Gathering the Herd captures lessons learned over a three year period from by the Farm to Plate Meat Processing Task Force. The Meat Processing Task Force within Farm to Plate, active from 2011 to 2013, facilitated greater mutual understanding between livestock farmers and meat processors – two constituencies that had been in minimal contact with each other and were largely unaware of each others’ challenges.

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Retail Training Collection

The Retail Collection includes resources developed or used by the Independent Grocers Task Force to complement its statewide in-store retail trainings, including the Take 5 video series along with written resources designed to help retailers more effectively source and merchandise local food. Video episode topics include promotions, purchasing, merchandising, in-store displays, signage, sampling, and procurement. The written resources cover purchasing, merchandising, operations, financials, and staffing. Farmers and specialty food producers interested in learning more about best practices in retail merchandising may also find value in the video series.

Retail Training Collection Meat Department: The Bell Curve

Price is only one factor in the how-to-buy equation. The most disciplined retailers track not just price but also product quality, timeliness of delivery, and the delivery accuracy of every single order.

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Retail Training Collection How Do You Rate? Meat Department

An evaluation of the meat department within an organization.

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Grass-Fed Beef

A collection of resources providing market research, best production practices, and budgeting tools for grass-fed beef production

Grass-Fed Beef Feeder Working Budget

Excel grass-fed feeder budgeting tool to help your farm assess and plan for profitability.

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Farm Viability

A collection of resources aimed to aid farmers and technical assistance providers in strengthening the financial performance and viability of farm and food businesses.

Farm Viability Characteristics of Broiler Demand at Small Grocers 2012-2013

In the fall of 2012 University of Vermont Extension distributed a survey to independent grocers and cooperatively-owned grocery stores asking about chicken and egg demand in their stores with a focus on regionally- produced products. Follow-up phone interviews were conducted through the fall of 2013 to get additional feedback from the buyers in these stores. The goal of this work is to understand the demand for local poultry products and to also provide guidance for poultry farmers preparing to conduct their own market research.

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