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2014 National Value Added Agriculture Conference

Registration is now open for the 2014 National Value Added Agriculture Conference in Baltimore, Maryland Please consider attending the 2014 Joint Conference (National Value Added Agriculture Conference and Northeast Regional What Works conference) in Baltimore, Maryland, May 13-15. This conference features one of the most innovative marketing services in the US – the MarketMaker, and celebrate […]

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eXtension Online Marketing Webinar Series

eXtension Online Marketing Webinar Series February 13, 2014 2:00 p.m. ET/ 1:00 p.m. CT/12:00 p.m. MT/11:00 p.m. PT Blogging For Food Presented by Jennifer Lewis, The Soup to Nuts Resource for Artisan Food Entrepreneurs Join us at – https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/etc-cop The eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar winter series focus is marketing online and enhancing their online marketing strategy. […]

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WI Local Food Business Seminars- February and March seminar registration is OPEN!

From food safety to marketing, the Local Food Business Seminars are back in the New Year with these timely topics. Registration is now open for the February and March sessions. Seminars on February 11 – 14 will be led by meat and food safety experts. The speakers will discuss food licensing exemptions, license requirements for […]

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Marketing 201: Getting Your Products Off the Shelf- Registration now OPEN!

Marketing 201: Getting Your Products Off the Shelf- Registration now OPEN!

   2013-2014 WI Local Food Business Seminars: This year’s seminars are presented monthly by DATCP and University of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension. Check below for scheduled workshops and the webinar archive. Marketing 201: Getting Your Products Off the Shelf March will focus on branding and marketing your product. Tera Johnson of Tera’s Whey will discuss the following: 1)     Local food […]

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All the Information You Need:  Specialty Crop Block Grant

All the Information You Need: Specialty Crop Block Grant

Have a look at the latest training on Specialty Crop Block Grants! Juli Speck, Grants Manager at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, recently offered a Specialty Crop Block Grant workshop.

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Producers First Program is Now Accepting Applications

Producers First Program is Now Accepting Applications

      If you’re a local food producer who could use technical support, consider applying to Producers First. The next deadline for applications is December 31st, 2012. Begin the application process by completing the brief questionnaire at http://datcp.wi.gov/Business/Buy_Local_Buy_Wisconsin/producerquestionnaire/. For more information contact Keefe Keeley by email, at datcpproducersfirst@wisconsin.gov, or by phone, at 608-306-0844. The […]

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NSAC Releases Applicant Resource Guide for Value-Added Producer Grants

August 29, 2012 Washington, DC – Today, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition released a Farmers’ Guide to Value-Added Producer Grant Funding.  This guide is being released on the heels of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement of $14 million in available funds for fiscal year 2012 for Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG).  Applications for the competitive grants program are […]

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Agriculture Deputy Secretary Merrigan Announces New Opportunities for Small Meat and Poultry Processors

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Merrigan Announces New Opportunities for Small Meat and Poultry Processors

  Ohio First to Participate in USDA’s Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program WASHINGTON, August 9, 2012 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced that Ohio will be the first state to participate in USDA’s Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program. Under this program, Ohio’s small, state-inspected meat processors will be able to ship their products across state lines. […]

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USDA Value-Added Producer Grant Announcement!

USDA Value-Added Producer Grant Announcement!

The Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) announcement is out and $14M is available this round.

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USDA Announces 2.O Version Of The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass

USDA Announces 2.O Version Of The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass

On July 17, USDA is proudly unveiling the 2.0 version of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass, a digital resource detailing USDA’s involvement in local and regional food. The Compass highlights USDA’s wide-ranging investments in local food development; showcases inspiring local food success stories from around the country; and features an interactive map. In honor of the 2.0 Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass, you are invited to participate in an exciting launch event. See here for more information.

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New Workshop – Planning for Profit: Marketing and Financial Management

New Workshop – Planning for Profit: Marketing and Financial Management

USDA Risk Management Agency and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) present a workshop in numerous locations for returning veterans and others interested in starting a career in farming. Participants will learn how to develop the business side of starting an entrepreneurial, diversified farm. Wisconsin and Minnesota workshops include a farm tour.

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Are Healthy Foods Really More Expensive? It Depends on How You Measure the Price

Are Healthy Foods Really More Expensive? It Depends on How You Measure the Price

Most Americans consume diets that do not meet Federal dietary recommendations. A common explanation is that healthier foods are more expensive than less healthy foods. To investigate this assumption, the authors compare prices of healthy and less healthy foods using three different price metrics: the price of food energy ($/calorie), the price of edible weight ($/100 edible grams), and the price of an average portion ($/average portion).

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Register for the Midwest Value Added Agriculture Conference!

Register for the Midwest Value Added Agriculture Conference!

Please join us for the 2012 Midwest Value Added Agriculture Conference – December 12-13, 2012 at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Presenters include Laura Jackson, Author of “The Farm as Natural Habitat: Reconnecting Food Systems with Ecosystems,” Professor of Biology at the University of Northern Iowa, Daughter of Wes Jackson of The Land Institute in Salina, KS and Dana Jackson of Land Stewardship Project.

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