grass-fed beef marketing information co-op
all sanet-mg subscribers:
My name is Monica Young and I am the coordinator for an information
co-op on marketing grass-fed beef. The purpose of co-op is to build
the vision and skills of farmers/ranchers to develop alternative
markets that reward them for being better environmental stewards fo
My job includes selecting participants for 6 teleconference calls
that will be held over a 2 year period of time. We will be using
conference calls because not everyone has access to a computer. I am
searching for folks who are at all levels of marketing grass-fed beef-
-beginning, intermediate, and advanced. At least 1 participant will
be identified as a "mentoring" farmer/rancher with advanced marketing
experience. Opportunities will be given to include non-
farmers/ranchers with specific expertise that would benefit
participants. I will also organize one field visit to build mentor
and apprentice relationships to advance cooperative learning in
marketing. The outcomes will be completed by December 1, 1998.
If you are interested in being a participant in the co-op, please
send, by e-mail or mail, your name, address, phone number and an auto-
biographical paragraph about you or your group.
Monica Young: I am an associate member of Tallgrass Prairie
Producers Co-op (TPPC) which is a marketing co-op of 10 family
ranchers in the Flint Hills of Kansas. I received my B.S. in Animal
Science from Iowa State University, then came to Kansas to manage
Homestead Ranch. Thus, began my relationship with TPPC. Last year,
I compiled a literature review on grass-fed beef production for the
group. I am currently the office professional in the Chase County
Extension Office. I am a firm believer in sustainable agriculture
and in preserving our Mother Earth.
As I am the information co-op coordinator, there will be at least one
other member of TPPC participating in the marketing information co-
op. I believe TPPC is in the intermediate phase of marketing
experience. We have been marketing beef since the fall of 1995.
Thank you for your time! I look forward to hearing from you!
Rt 1 Box 39A
Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845