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Hyperlocal and the next-generation farm market customer

In just about every consumer poll I’ve seen, quality of fruits and vegetables is the most important thing to consumers. Not price. Quality beats price every time. Not that price isn’t important, but let’s not... more »

Tennessee sessions help direct farm marketers’ online presence

Direct farm marketers, including value-added agriculture entrepreneurs and agritourism operators, must learn to communicate with customers in new ways. Consumers’ use of smartphones, tablets and computers to interact with businesses has changed the game. To... more »

Year-round tasting room needs staff, space

An investment in year-round staff and expansion is paying off for Blake Farms in Armada, Michigan. Blake’s Orchard grows 45 different apple varieties on more than 500 acres and runs the Cider Mill and Tasting... more »

Small, beginning farmers find opportunities at Dixon Farm

A few hundred yards from the Kidwell Road off ramp from Highway 80 heading into Dixon from the east, Rich and Shelly Collins have built a small incubator for farmers who serve the local community.... more »

Michigan Farmers Market Association celebrates 10th anniversary

The Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) is celebrating its tenth anniversary on April 20 to promote its mission to “Work with and for farmers market organizers, managers, farmers, vendors, and friends to create a thriving marketplace for local... more »

CIFT seminar to focus on handling, storing food

Educating food businesses on the countless number of food-borne illnesses and product recalls that could be avoided through proper handling, processing and storage of food will be the featured topic at a seminar hosted by... more »

USDA invests $4.8M in university agricultural programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has issued 19 grants totaling $4,790,100 to support agricultural science programs at non-land-grant universities. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Capacity... more »

Michigan Farmers Market Association conducting sales survey

The Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) recently received a Specialty Crop Block Grant that will allow the association to promote, market and raise awareness of the produce farmers markets offer in Michigan. The grant focuses... more »

InTents Conference aims to grow farmers’ market businesses

The first ever InTents Conference is coming to Mission Bay in San Diego Sunday, March 19-21, to help new and established farmers, artisan food makers and farmers' market managers find smart new ways to increase... more »

USDA releases results of first local foods survey

More than 167,000 U.S. farms locally produced and sold food through direct marketing practices, resulting in $8.7 billion in revenue in 2015, according to the results from the first Local Food Marketing Practices Survey released... more »


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