Happy Dancing Turtle in Pine River is working with local and regional partners in an effort to bring a mobile slaughter unit and other meat processing infrastructure to the area.

Central Lakes College is developing a meat cutting program and ongoing apprenticeship program to fill the workforce need. The mobile slaughter unit will serve a working classroom, while also serving producer needs.

Cass County recently agreed to provide $200,000 in matching funds for the project, and additional funds are being sought via other partners, including the Minnesota Farmers Union Foundation and the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute.

Happy Dancing Turtle invites producers, businesses and interested community members to explore possible business relationships and opportunities at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, at The Warehouse, 307 Norway Ave., Pine River.

For more information, contact Jim Chamberlin at jchamberlin@hugllc.com.