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Manufacturing decisions, quality assurance, regulatory compliance and permitting are all essential to building efficient and compliant operations. Our resources help food, beverage and value-added agriculture businesses learn the essentials so they can focus on getting profitable and raising money.

Doudlah Farms Organics Builds a Regenerative Legacy

1 hour 10 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Andy talks with Doudlah Farms Organics owner Mark Doudlah about transitioning from conventional to organic, moving into regenerative agriculture, and growing a viable value-added ag business.

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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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Acuity Insurance’s Manufacturing Pro Unpacks Risk Management

1 hour 31 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Acuity Insurance’s manufacturing consultant Michael Schlagenhaufer discusses the importance of optimizing operations and guarding against risks to the business.

Which Ecosystem Services Fit Your Farm?

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

Most farmers have heard they can be compensated for capturing carbon, preventing nutrient runoff or implementing a solar array on their land. But navigating plausible options can be complex. Here’s where to start.

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How Eco Practices Can Boost Farm Revenues

1 hour 7 minutes of Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

FFI founder Tera Johnson, now CEO of Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT, helps farmers navigate the many conservation options now available to protect ecosystems while enhancing farm revenues.

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FACT Helps Farmers Raise Animals Humanely

56 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Andy welcomes Larissa McKenna of Food Animal Concerns Trust to discuss how livestock and poultry farmers can make their operations more humane, benefiting the animals, the environment and even their bottom line.

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Dynamic Rhode Island Food Hub Connects Farmers and Eaters

1 hour 20 minutes Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Farm Fresh Rhode Island’s Jesse Rye gives Tera the scoop on this innovative, multifaceted food hub that’s strengthening New England’s regional food ecosystem.

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Oregon Coast Wasabi Grows a Niche Market

1 hour 2 minutes Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Oregon Coast Wasabi co-founder and CEO Jennifer Bloeser tells Tera all about farming this niche plant and underappreciated food ingredient and growing her business around its massive potential.

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Are Insects the Next Moneymaker in Food?

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

As a global community, we have two monumental, interrelated problems pressing down on us: One, how can we arrest manmade climate change before it’s...

Cricket Farmer Highlights the Potential of Insect Ag

52 minutes Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Insect ag aficionado Kevin Bachhuber discusses the massive market opportunities for cricket farming, as well as the challenges of navigating a niche industry.

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Forage Kombucha Expands from Restaurant to Retail Brand

1 hour 1 minute Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Henry Aschauer, co-founder of Forage Kombucha and Forage Kitchen in Madison, Wisconsin, sits down with Tera to discuss his multifaceted business and how the restaurants and beverage brand behoove each other as both continue scaling.

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Nordik Meats Opens Mid-Pandemic and Perseveres

52 minutes 13 seconds Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Tera interviews Rod Ofte, co-founder of Nordik Meats, about launching local meat processing during COVID-19, building the business smartly and addressing the gaps in small-scale processing.

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How This Old Farm Built a Successful Meat Processing Business

1 hour 6 minutes Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Tera chats with Jessica Roosa of This Old Farm about what it really takes to launch a small meat processing business, from financing to facilities to inspections to marketing.

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Driftless Provisions Slices into the Charcuterie Business

1 hour 3 minutes Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Tera talks with Driftless Provisions’ Ryan Wagner, Justin VerMeer and Spencer Schaller about growing from a tiny startup to a premium salami brand trusted for its humane sourcing and exceptional quality.

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Connoils Scales from One-Woman Op to One-Stop Shop

41 minutes 17 seconds Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Stacy Peterson, founder and CEO of Connoils, joins Tera to discuss growing her oil ingredients company from a one-woman operation to a booming international business with a new 25,000-square-foot facility.

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Meadowlark Organics Forges Path to Farm Ownership

1 hour and 2 minutes of Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Tera and John Wepking discuss Meadowlark Organics’ farm transition journey, from securing the first loan to buy breeding cattle to building the infrastructure to mill organic small grains on-site, all under the mentorship of an experienced farmer.

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Breadtopia Builds off Pandemic Business Boom

1 hour 25 minutes Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Breadtopia’s Galen Saturley tells Tera all about the early e-commerce company’s roots, growth trajectory and skyrocketing sales through the pandemic.

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5 Success Lessons from a Famous Founder

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

The Edible-Alpha® podcast aims to educate and inspire listeners by showing “what it really takes to make money in food,” as Tera says in...

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Paul Willis Talks Scaling up Humanely Raised Pork

42 minutes 58 seconds Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Famous founder Paul Willis of Niman Ranch joins Tera to discuss staying true to his values and scaling up humanely raised, pasture-raised pork to the benefit of small farmers and consumers nationwide.

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Gary Zimmer Shares How Healthy Soil Yields Success

47 minutes 17 seconds Free course content by Edible-Alpha®

Gary Zimmer, the father of biological farming and founder of Midwestern BioAg, and daughter Leilani Zimmer join Tera to talk the importance of nutrient-stocked, structurally sound soil.

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