This study researched the challenges and opportunities to improve Iowa's small food processing sector.
What new business opportunities are open to Iowa farmers?
The project revealed business opportunities for Iowa farmers including on-farm processing, reiterated the importance of developing a sound business plan, and emphasized that it may be more productive for the private sector to develop creative, innovative business responses to policy realities than to try and influence regulatory policy. Producers who are interested in selling to institutions should strongly consider forming producer-marketing associations (aka: cooperatives) in order to capitalize on current consumer perception and demand for local foods.
Year of Grant Completion
Graves, Richard and Pardee, Christine, "New food entrepreneurs: Value added enterprises for farm profitability, facilitating understanding between producers, processors and policymakers" (2008). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 303.