Farmers involved in local food systems are seeking opportunities to expand operations and diversify theirsources of income through value-added operations and access to new markets. To be successful, producersneed further food safety training and business skills acquisition to mitigate potential risks. We outline anddiscuss a multidisciplinary program developed for Extension personnel to deliver to producers and value-addedentrepreneurs participating in local and regional food systems. The program helps participants reduce risks byimproving their business skills, marketing tools, market access, market channels, regulatory compliance, andfood safety practices.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Extension|
|State||Published - 1 Jun 2020|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This material is based on work supported by the Southern Extension Risk Management Education Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture under Award Number 2015-49200-24228. We thank all partners involved in the program, including the Mississippi Department ofAgriculture and Commerce; the Mississippi Small Business Development Center; the U.S. Department ofLabor, Wage and Hour Division; and the Mississippi State University Extension Service.
- Food safety