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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.

Article about Raising Capital for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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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.

Books or Guide about Raising Capital for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

#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. 

Books or Guide about Raising Capital for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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.

Article about Operations for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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.

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.

Article about Financial Management for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

How Rustic Road Farm Became a Community Treasure

1 hour 3 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Andy chats with Rustic Road Farm founder Marc Bernard about starting an organic farm from scratch, expanding the operation, and diversifying the business model for sustained success.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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....

Sweet Pea’s Succeeds with Small-Town Pie Shop

1 hour 29 minutes Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Brad chats with Sweet Pea’s founder Rachel Smith about what it takes to launch and grow a small-town food business, from refining the business model to securing financing to fostering careers locally.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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.