USDA’s Meat and Poultry Processing Capacity – Technical Assistance (MPPTA) Program ensures that participants in USDA’s Meat and Poultry Supply Chain programs and initiatives have access to robust technical assistance (TA) to support their project development and success. These supply chain initiatives–including the Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG) Program and the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP) – support the growth of domestic processing capacity and the ability of independent facilities to serve more customers in more markets. MPPTA Offers: Access to technical advisors located across industry, academia, and state and federal governments. Focused outreach to a diversity of meat and poultry processing stakeholders, including small, rural, minority-owned, Native American, and Tribal-owned businesses, and other underserved groups seeking to build or expand local and regional meat and poultry supply chain capacity. General assistance with navigating USDA grant application and award processes, and guidance for successful post-award grant project management. One-on-one advising, including project and proposal reviews tailored to the needs of diverse stakeholders ranging from small and very small businesses to regional concepts and established mid-sized processing companies. Educational events, webinars, resources, and publications covering topics of interest for meat and poultry processing enterprises of all types.