Growing our Michigan meat industry through value chain networking

What was the impact of the Michigan Meat Network? Our publication explores this question.

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MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is pleased to announce, Growing a Local and Regional Meat Industry in Michigan: The Michigan Meat Network as a Case Study of Collective Impact Theory.

This publication explores the development of a network to support the growth of the Michigan meat industry.

The Michigan Meat Network aimed to improve business viability for livestock producers and help meet consumer demand for Michigan meat products. This summary explores the value and reach of the network.

Using collective impact theory, the report offers learnings on what it takes to develop a successful network and make meaningful food systems change.

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For more information, contact Jude Barry at and Noel Bielaczyc at

This work was supported by funding from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (USDA AFRI) AFRI award number 2014-68006-21870.

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