KCARD Connection 
November 2016

Summit Meat Processing: A Family Tradition Brought Into the 21st Century

Since the late 1800s, the Turpen family has operated local, family-owned meat processing facilities in southcentral Kentucky, owned a meat processing facility in Nancy, and raised quality beef and pork. The August opening of Summit Meat Processing continues the Turpen family passion for the business that has been passed down through generations. This new business will serve Pulaski County and area producers through processing fresh, high quality local meats in Kentucky.  

“Along with being a 6th generation farmer myself, my grandfather started processing quality meats in the 1960's and passed down his passion to me,” said Kyle Turpen, owner of Summit Meat Processing. “By partnering with local farm families, we can offer the freshest, highest quality meat with direct traceability back to its home farm.”

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Beginning Farmer Resources

To kick start the season of conferences and workshops, two conferences are coming up in November to check out: the Kentucky-Tennessee Beginning Farmer Summit on November 11 and the Kentucky State University Small, Limited Resources/Minority Farmer Conference on November 15-17.  Check these out especially if you are a beginning farmer.  

In addition to these events coming up, here are a few resources that may be helpful if you are starting out:

Click to find out more Beginning Farmer Resources

KCARD Highlights

In October KCARD staff provided clients the following services:   

  • Provided business planning support to a heritage livestock farm, a diversified vegetable producer, an urban garden initiative, and berry operation; 

  • Assisted several farmers markets with incorporation and bylaw development;

  • Assisted multiple agribusinesses and organizations with applying for federal grant programs; and,

  • Participated in the Kentucky Innovation Network’s Entrepreneurial Summit at Fort Knox.

Upcoming Events

November 11: Kentucky-Tennessee Beginning Farmer Summit, Louisville, KY

November 15-17: KSU Small Farm Conference, Frankfort, KY

November 30-December 3: Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation's Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY

December 1: KSU Small Scale Farm Grant Due

KCARD Agribusiness Grant Facilitation Program

The Agribusiness Grant Facilitation Program is specifically designed to help Kentucky farmers and other agribusiness find, apply, & receive funding through grants and other available programs.   For updates on funding opportunities available nationally and for Kentucky farmers and agribusiness, sign up for our email list.