Parker-Sedillo, Lenora; Robinson, Chadelle; Lillywhite, Jay
New Mexico stakeholders expressed interest in a state meat inspection program. Stakeholders recognize that a state inspection program could provide access to local markets for livestock, increase locally produced meat, provide economic development opportunities, and alleviate supply chain concerns. A study at New Mexico State University explored the potential costs of implementing a state meat inspection program. This article summarizes interviews of 22 state officials operating meat inspection programs and 25 existing meat processors in New Mexico about interest to participate. Researchers estimated the state program would have an annual cost of $1.1 million with additional costs expected as the program develops and grows.