Top Online Resources for Agripreneurs

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CFSA has scoured the web and found the very best, free resources to help producers and agripreneurs grow their food businesses!

Best Practices

Most Useful and Unrestricted Internet Sites for Postharvest Information, UC Davis

Post-Harvest Handling Decision Tool, Leopold Center

Properties and Recommended Conditions for the Long Term Storage of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, Dr. Marita Cantwell – UC Davis

Packaging Requirements for Fresh Fruits & Vegetables, NCSU

Create an On-Farm Food Safety Plan!, FamilyFarmed.org

Illustrated Guide to Grading Vegetables, Purdue University

On-Farm GAPs Education Program, University of Minnesota

Risk Management Checklist, USDA Risk Management Agency

Wholesale Success, FamilyFarmed.org

 

Business Development

Understanding the Food Industry, Agricultural Marketing Resource Center

Small Scale Food Entrepreneurship:  A Technical Guide for Food Ventures, Northeast Center for Food Entrepreneurship, Cornell University

Healthy Food Access Portal, PolicyLink, The Food Trust, The Reinvestment Fund

Building Successful Food Hubs, Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Univ. of Illinois Business Innovation Services, Illinois Dept. of Agriculture, and FamilyFarmed.org

Enterprise Budgeting Tools, USDA Rural Development; Agricultural Marketing Resource Center; Iowa State University

Organic Enterprise Budgets, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Food Hub Knowledge, National Good Food Network, Wallace Center at Winrock International

Making Small Farms into Big Business, Crossroads Resource Center

Organic Produce Marketing Survey, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Regional Food Hub Resource Guide, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Wallace Center at Winrock International

Opportunities in Food Processing, CTA Publishing

General Farm Marketing Principles, USDA Risk Management Agency

 

Equipment

Food Business Incubator and Processing Facility — Tour Guide and Map, Food Innovation Center, Rutgers University

Selecting and Purchasing Food Process Equipment, Tim Bowser, Oklahoma State University

Selecting and Purchasing Used Food Processing Equipment, Tim Bowser, Oklahoma State University

Cool and Ship:  A Low-Cost, Portable Forced-Air Cooling Unit, The North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service

Pack ‘N Cool Construction Summary, Plants for Human Health Institute, NC State University

 

Food Safety

Fact Sheets, Northeast Center for Food Entrepreneurship, Cornell University

GAPs Manual and Videos, North Carolina State University, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

NC Fresh Produce Safety, North Carolina Cooperative Extension

 

Packaging

Infosheet: Produce Pack Guide, FarmsReach

Packaging Requirements for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, NC Ag. Extension Service

Tips for Selling to Wholesale Buyers at Terminal Market, National Center for Appropriate Technology

Vegetable Weights and Measures, Univ. of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research & Extension

Weights, Measures, and Conversion Factors for Agricultural Commodities and Their Products, US Dept. of Ag. Economic Research Service 

Wholesale Packing Resource Guide, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project in Collaboration with World Peas Cooperative

 

Funding

Funding Opportunities for Investing in Family Farm-Centered Food Systems, FarmAid

Financing Healthy Food Options Resource Bank, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (U.S. Dept. of Treasury)

Guide to Federal Funding for Local and Regional Food Systems, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Guide to Local and Regional Food Systems Grants, University of Georgia

Road Map for City Food Sector Innovation and Investment, Changing Tastes, Wallace Center at Winrock International

Healthy Food Enterprises, SC Community Loan Fund

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is:  Funding Food with Kickstarter, Grist.org

 

Policy and Legal

The Role of Food Hubs in Local Food Marketing, USDA Rural Development

Growing Your Food Business in NC, A Guide to Laws and Regulations, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Growing Your Food Business in SC, A Guide to Laws and Regulations, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Building Local Government Support for Good Food, National Good Food Network, Wallace Center at Winrock International

Making Small Farms into Big Business, Crossroads Resource Center

Specialty Food Business Regulations Guide, Northeast Center for Food Entrepreneurship, Cornell University

Frequently Asked Questions about Processing and Marketing Beef, Pork, Lamb and Goat Meats In North Carolina, NC Choices; Heifer International; Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Sustainability Guidelines for Food Service Purchasing, Emory University Sustainable Food Committee

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

 

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