Multidisciplinary program approach to building food and business skills for agricultural entrepreneurs

Courtney Crist, Elizabeth Canales

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Extension
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding 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.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 Extension Journal Inc.


  • Agriculture
  • Business
  • Entrepreneur
  • Food safety
  • Marketing


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