Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) was created to help farmers earn a fair price for the products they produced, in part through expanded, producer-owned processing. Today, MFU has a three-tiered plan to meet that goal for livestock and poultry producers. The first step was providing support to Ridgewater College and Central Lakes College for the creation of Meat Cutting & Butchery Programs. Next is addressing the financial needs for those wishing to start or expand their businesses. The third piece is building a USDA meat processing facility to serve a region that has limited access to processors.