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National Latino Farmers & Ranchers and Flower Hill Institute Partner to Promote Latino-Led Meat and Poultry processing Expansion

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July 27, 2022

Further Information: Juan Avellaneda juan@nlfrta.org-Shaundin Jones, sjones@flowerhill.institute

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the National Latino Farmers & Ranchers (NFLR) and the New Mexico-based Flower Hill Institute will strengthen the efforts of Latino ranchers to develop new meat and poultry processing and marketing initiatives across the country. 

Earlier this year, the Biden Administration announced a commitment of $1 billion in loans, grants, and other resources to create a more resilient, diverse, and equitable meat and poultry processing system in the United States. As a part of the commitment, USDA established a network of organizations to provide technical assistance to groups accessing those resources. Flower Hill Institute, a New Mexico-based Indigenous-led nonprofit organization, entered a cooperative agreement with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service to coordinate the technical assistance network.

In addition to coordinating the formal technical assistance organizations, Flower Hill has reached out to establish formal MOUs with organizations representing historically underserved producers. The MOU with NLFR was formalized earlier this month. 

Roger Fragua, Executive Director of Flower Hill Institute, noted, “We are excited to partner with NLFR to make sure that historically underserved producers have full access to all of the resources available through this technical assistance network. This is a long-term commitment focused on helping ranchers develop successful, sustainable meat and poultry processing and marketing enterprises.” 

Rudy Arredondo, Executive Director of National Latino Farmers and Ranchers, noted: “We are eager to work with Flower Hill Institute. This amazing partnership will allow us to grow as an organization and offer better opportunities and resources to our historically underserved meat and poultry producers. I’m certain this relationship will help our farmworkers, farmers and ranchers, and our network will expand nationwide”.

Through the MOU, the two organizations will collaborate to:

  • Identify Latino and multiethnic ranchers and farmers who could utilize meat and poultry processing technical assistance, and aid those producers in submitting applications for that assistance; 
  • Support those ranchers and farmers in all stages of developing, implementing, and expanding successful meat and poultry processing enterprises; 
  • Provide information about the Meat and Poultry Processing Technical Assistance 
  • services in NLFR communications services and at appropriate NLFR events; 
  • Collaborate in developing educational and outreach resources appropriate for Latino and multiethnic farmers and ranchers; 
  • Communicate with USDA Agricultural Marketing Service about resources and programs that can support Latino-led meat and poultry processing initiatives; and 
  • Collaborate on other programs and services that can increase the access the Latino and multiethnic farmers and ranchers have to USDA technical assistance. 

More information on USDA’s new technical assistance initiative is available at www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/mppta.

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