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November 26, 2012

Credit Card Service Fee Goes into Effect in less than 5 Days

Until November 30, 2012, North Cascades Meat Producers Cooperative will pay the 3% credit card service fee for your membership. But as of December 1, 2012, the fee will be automatically added to your one-time membership cost should you choose to pay by credit card. No fees will be added if you choose to pay by check.

So collect those Air Miles and Points and pay by credit card today to save the 3% service feeClick here to pay online.

Plus, don’t forget, the earlier you become a member the higher priority your farm will have when it comes time for processing. The lower your membership number, the sooner you’ll be able to get your animals in for processing. Read more here.

QUESTIONS ABOUT MEMBERSHIP?
If you have any questions about membership, please feel free to call (360) 255-7112 or email info@northcascademeats.com. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

  • Who is an NCMPC – North Cascade Meats™ Membership ($2500) ideal for? As one of the only USDA meat processing cooperatives in the country with a marketing program (North Cascade Meats™), we are ideal for local Meat Producers who are (1) passionate about farming, (2) wanting to grow their herd, and are (3) interested in a farmer-owned cooperative that will purchase, process and market part or all of their livestock with a professionally developed brand (North Cascade Meats™).
  • Who is an NCMPC Custom ($500) or USDA ($2000) Membership ideal for? These membership levels in our cooperative are ideal for farmers who (1) would like a vote and say in how their farmer-owned processing facility operates, (2) are looking for an alternative source for  consistent, high-quality custom exempt and USDA inspected processing, and (3) want priority scheduling over non-members. More on priority scheduling here.
  • Can I join once you’re up and running? Simply put, we can’t build a facility until there is a sufficient level of farmer interest and investment. In order to ensure this cooperative proceeds as a farmer-owned operation, a minimal investment of $130,000 is needed from local meat producers. Once this capital is in place we are confident we wil be able to secure the remaining 2/3 of the capital needed for business start-up from our private funding and traditional financing sources. Joining now also provides you with the added benefit of priority scheduling over members that sign up later.

HOW YOU CAN HELP?
Are you wondering how you can help? Our board members, including myself, spend the majority of our time on the farm. This means we have limited time and resources and could definitely use your help. If you are interested in a membership, but have questions, please contact us. If you need an Application Packet, please request one here. If you are aware of opportunities for us to present information about our cooperative to other farmers, please send us an email. If you know of a local Meat Producer who may be interested, please forward this email to them (link below). If you’re on Facebook, please like our page.