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Should Your Food or Farm Business Go International?

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

You don’t have to be a big company to successfully sell products overseas. International opportunities abound for small food and ag businesses too. Could yours be a good candidate? Get smart strategies for growing your enterprise globally.

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Building Relationships to Propel Your Business

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Accessing financing isn’t always a straight line for Value-Added farmers. Read about one farm’s path to growing their cheese business beyond just selling at farmers markets.

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ZingTrain Leadership Development Workshop: Training That Transforms

12 hours of Free live in-person training by Edible-Alpha®

ZingTrain is coming to Madison to share a special 1.5-day leadership training master class for food-focused entrepreneurs like restaurateurs, food and beverage brands, food...

Is Renting Farmland Smarter Than Buying?

10 minute Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Plenty of people would love to break into farming, but beginners’ number-one barrier is access to land. With so much farmland already claimed—by older farmers but also increasingly by investors, corporations, and developers—desirable acreage is hard to come by. Plus, the price of farmland in the U.S. is sky-high.

We Need to Talk About Food Safety

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Food contamination can happen at any stage from farm to fork, which means no food business can afford to slack on security measures. Learn how regulations and tech advances are ensuring a safer food supply.

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7 Reasons to Launch an Agritourism Business

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

From creating cash flow efficiencies to building brand awareness, agritourism can provide plenty of perks to a farm business. Learn how hosting farm tours, events, or other neat experiences can benefit farm businesses.

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Is the Retail Channel Worth Pursuing Anymore?

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With online grocery and direct-to-consumer sales booming, is brick-and-mortar food retail becoming obsolete and should food and farm entrepreneurs bypass this channel? Not so fast. Grocery stores are changing, but they remain viable opportunities.

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Is Food Service Right for Your Brand?

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Have you overlooked a lucrative sales channel? Learn about the boundless opportunities for food and ag entrepreneurs to thrive in the diverse food service sector.

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The Truth About Making Money Value-Adding

Lots of farms featured on the Edible-Alpha® podcast operate viable value-added businesses. Rustic Road Farm has a popular soup brand, for example, while B&E’s...

Why Discovery Is Key to Startup Success

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Food and farm entrepreneurs get a huge advantage by talking with potential customers when just starting out. Learn how spending sufficient time in discovery can inform product development and lead to business success.

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6 Entrepreneurship Lessons to Learn Now

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

For decades, many people who wanted to work in the food industry would try to land career jobs with big corporations. That’s not necessarily...

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Transform Your Farm Products and Boost Revenue with a VAPG

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

All USDA Local Agricultural Marketing Program (LAMP) grants application periods are now open! For those helping to boost sales of local food the FM/LFPP grant is for you and for farmers looking to grow their value-added income stream the VAPG.

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#2 – Why a VAPG Toolkit Read Through?

1 hour 45 minute read of Free resource by Edible-Alpha®

As part of the USDA Value-Added Producer Grant application, Rural Development provides applicants with a “toolkit” to guide them through the working capital or planning process.  This 40+ page toolkit is an excellent way to organize the proposal, but it can be intimidating for first-time writers of federal grants.

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#1 – The USDA Value-Added Producer Grant is Out!

10 minute read of Free resource by Jim Gage

The USDA Rural Development office announced Notice of Funding Availability (NOSA) last week.  This annual grant program has been used by thousands of rural entrepreneurs over its 15+ year history, and I have had the pleasure (and challenge) of being involved in the application process with many clients. 

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The Biggest Risk to Your Food Business

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Tornadoes, droughts, ransomware, machinery malfunctions—all represent real risks for food producers. Learn why every manufacturer, whether a startup or scaled-up, should prioritize risk management.

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5 Financial Tips for Farm Business Success

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

After starting from scratch just over a decade ago, Marc and Luis Bernard have grown Rustic Road Farm on the fringes of suburban Chicago into something really special. Today, they sell organic produce, pastured meats and eggs, and a range of value-added products direct to consumers, and they love hosting the community on-farm. In this podcast, Marc shares their fascinating journey and offers excellent advice for launching and growing a viable ag business.

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Your Best R&D Is Totally Free

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Most food and ag entrepreneurs start really small, selling their products mainly, or even exclusively, at farmers markets, community festivals, and other local events....

3 Surprising Truths About Effective Marketing

10 minute Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Marketing is essential for any business to grow. But most food and farm entrepreneurs already know that. They realize that no matter how high-quality, unique, or delicious their product is, it won’t generate sales if nobody knows about it.

Why Food Brands Should Explore Sustainable Packaging Now

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Many food and farm businesses have been prioritizing sustainable CPG packaging for years, choosing recyclable, compostable, or reusable solutions whenever possible. They feel strongly...

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7 Success Strategies for Value-Added Ag

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

For farmers looking to diversify their income and boost total revenue, value-adding can be a great way to go. At its core, value-added agriculture means transforming a raw commodity into something new and of greater value. Any of these opportunities can provide immense value to consumers, increase a farm’s notoriety and generate additional income for the farm business.

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