Photo by Lance Cheung, USDAgov Flickr.
Written collaboratively by Sierra Blachford, Joan Hegerfeld-Baker (former SDSU Extension Food Safety Specialist), B. Lynn Gordon, Chris Zdorovtsov (former SDSU Extension Community Vitality Field Specialist), Keith Underwood, Heidi Carroll, Rory Fischer (DVM, SDAIB) and Dustin Oedekoven (DVM, State Veterinarian SDAIB).
Producers selling meat from their farm at a farmers market or other venue need to be in compliance with a number of state and federal regulations. The Federal Meat Inspection Act regulates meat processing in the US and compliance is conducted by the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS). The South Dakota Animal Industry Board (SDAIB) has authority over red meat produced and sold within the state. The following is relevant to meats including, but not limited to, cattle, bison, goat, sheep, swine, ratites (emu/ostrich) and captive cervidae (deer, reindeer, elk, antelope) and their meat food products. For meat guidelines and contact information refer to the SDSU iGrow publication Regulatory Requirements for Selling Meat at Farmers Markets.
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- Pricing local meats & poultry: Pricing local meat and poultry products can be challenging. This article assists producers in pricing their products by providing pricing research.
- Local Foods: Poultry: This article provides information on guidelines, packaging, and basic sanitary standards related to selling poultry at a farmers market in South Dakota.
- Marketing and Production Resources for local meats: This article provides links to resources with marketing and production information specific to local meat.