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7 Reasons to Launch an Agritourism Business

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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?

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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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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

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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

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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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The Biggest Risk to Your Food Business

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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

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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

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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

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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.