Offered in conjunction with the Women Managing the Farm conference.
February 4 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at Pottorf Hall, Riley County Fairground, Cico Park, Manhattan, KS.

Do you direct market your farm’s meats to consumers, restaurants or grocers?
Thinking about including livestock on your farm?

This free 3-hour workshop will help you to develop strong relationships with your processor, butcher and customers. Brad Dieckmann brings more than 25 years experience as owner of a processing facility and will give tips on improving relationships with processors by explaining the processor’s experience. Rosanna Bauman’s USDA-Inspected poultry processing facility serves the majority of direct-marketed poultry producers in NE Kansas and her family markets their own birds to restaurants, grocers and area co-ops. Rosanna will provide insight on how to be a good partner with your processor and how to strengthen relationships with your wholesale buyers. Melissa Wahl direct markets beef and pork raised on her family’s farm and excels at assisting consumers to select appropriate cuts and providing with cooking information. Her presentation will help you to increase sales and improve customer satisfaction.

Brad Dieckmann, owner of the Clay Center Locker, has 25 years experience working with producers to provide consumers with the high quality product they demand. Dieckmann is a valuable resource to producers seeking to direct market their meats. Relationships between producers and processors are not always the best; Brad will assist producers in better managing these relationships with tips and increased knowledge of the processor’s experience.

Rosanna Bauman and family operates Cedar Valley Farms / AMCO, a USDA inspected processing facility that processes most of the direct marketed poultry in eastern Kansas and western Missouri. Her presentation will illustrate the varying quality of carcasses that come through her facility, helping producer to make better management decisions. Rosanna runs the only on-farm USDA-Inspected poultry processing facility in Kansas. She and her family have raised their own poultry since 2001 and now market their birds exclusively to restaurants, grocers and area co-ops.

Melissa Wahl raise beef and pork in North Central Kansas with her husband. She direct markets their meat and excels at assisting consumers to select appropriate cuts and providing them with cooking information. The majority of their animals are sold in quarters, halves or whole. Growers can assist consumers to understand how the animal is turned into various cuts and products. Consumers often need help knowing what to ask for and how to get meat products that fit the family needs and cooking abilities. Her presentation will help you to improve your ability to increase sales while retaining strong customer satisfaction levels.

There is no charge for this workshop although we request participants register for the workshop. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., workshop will run from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. For more information contact Mary Howell at or call 785-562-8726.
Register for this free workshop HERE

Amazing Grazing II Partners with Kansas Farmers Union are: Kansas Graziers Association, Kansas NRCS, Kansas Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops, Kansas State Research and Extension, Farm Credit, and Kansas Grazing Land Coalition, with funding from North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.