More Items of Interest

Two more items below that caught our attention:

Critical Challenges in Aggregating, Processing, and Distribution Local Foods

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010; 9 -11:30 am

Best Western Inn on the Park, 22 South Carroll Street, Madison, WI 53703

Please join us on Tuesday, September 28th for a ½ day program highlighting the findings of a 2-year research project focused on the transportation and distribution needs for local and regional food.   The day will kick-off with a keynote presentation by Michael Shuman, research and public policy director with Business Alliance for Local, Livable Economies (BALLE).  Several businesses highlighted in the research publication “Scaling Up: Meeting the Demand for Local Food” will participate in the session, sharing perspective on their challenges and innovative solutions for local food distribution.

Speakers include:

Larry Alsum -Alsum Produce

Lindsey Day Farnsworth -UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems

Diana Endicott -Good Natured Family Farms

Anne Pfeiffer -UW-Extension Agricultural Innovation Center

Annaka Witkop – Organic Valley

Lori Zuidema – Coop Partners Warehouse

To register for this free event, please email Sarah Wise at sbwise@wisc.edu

Building a Business in Specialty Foods Webinar Series

The eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar series is back for the fourth season. All webinars will air monthly on the second Thursday at 2:00pm (ET), 1:00pm (CT).

On Thursday, September 9, 2010 we open with a three-month series on specialty food businesses. September’s topic will be Starting Right in Specialty Foods. Join Brian Norder, Director of the Vermont Food Venture Center for an informative session on what it takes to start and grow a specialty food business. Brian has over a decade of experience assisting entrepreneurs in all phases of food-related business development.

On October 14 the webinar will focus on the importance of branding and will feature specialty food business owners Judith Moore of the Charleston Cookie Company (http://www.charlestoncookie.com) and Robin Rhea, Slather Sauce.

The November 11 webinar will conclude this series with a look at Culinary Tourism, an emerging niche that combines agriculture, specialty food and tourism. This presentation will feature a panel of Extension specialists working on Culinary Tourism initiatives.

No pre-registration is required and there is no fee to participate. About 10 minutes prior to the start time simply go the Adobe Connect Pro meeting room at http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/ecop/.

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