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Berkshire Agriculture Ventures, a Berkshires-based nonprofit dedicated to supporting local farmers and food entrepreneurs, is attempting to address the processing bottlenecks for livestock farmers in the Berkshires with its new Local Meat Processing Support Program. The short-term goal of the program is to increase processing capacity by 25 percent for existing USDA-inspected processors, which will help Berkshire farmers get more locally-raised meat to the community.

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SPONSORED CONTENT: Lucky enough to be in the Berkshires this summer? Plan a trip to your local food co-op — Wild Oats Market in Williamstown and Berkshire Food Co-op in Great Barrington — and head straight to the freezer section where a trio of sweet, frosty treats (each of which travelled 80 miles or fewer to get there) awaits. Go ahead, taste the difference local makes: Less time on the truck and more time in the field is enough to make everyone scream for local ice cream — All. Month. Long.