Elk Quality Assurance Program
What do the beef, pork, poultry and even the fish industries have that the elk industry doesn't? You guessed it - a Quality Assurance Program.
In addition to assuring quality for the consumers of our products, the EQAP is also a valuable marketing tool.
If you, as processor or a cottage vendor, agree to follow the practices that assure quality, then you may display the AEPB Quality Seal on your products and you may participate in the various marketing programs undertaken and implemented by the AEPB. The Seal adds value to your product.
If you are "just a farmer", you may still participate in the program. In fact, you will probably want to participate because processors that participate will be urged to buy the velvet of producer participants. This makes your velvet more valuable than the velvet of your neighbor that does not participate in the program.
So, what you do have to do? Don't you just hate all these rules and regs!? Actually, it's not all that bad. You have agree to:
Requirements for processors of velvet are more stringent. They will promise to buy only "farm-raised" velvet, to purchase velvet from producers that participate in the EQAP whenever possible, and to perform finished product testing to ensure safety.
Plan to attend the seminar on Friday, Feb 11, 2000, at 3:30 pm to learn more. If you are unable to attend but would like to participate, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.