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7 Ways to Quickly Grow Your Food Business

An online course to help you grow your food business.

COURSE CONTENTS

COURSE OVERVIEW

7 Ways to Quickly Grow Your Food Business

Dr. James Barnes

1: START YOUR BUSINESS THE RIGHT WAY

Three Consumer Insights That Could Help Your Small Food Business Grow

Dr. Alba Collart

The Basics of Starting A Small Business

Mr. Hamp Beatty

How to Use AgPlan to Launch and Grow Your Food Business

Dr. R. Curt Lacy

2: BOOST YOUR SALES WITH THE RIGHT MARKETING PLAN

5 Marketing Mistakes That Are Costing You A Fortune

Dr. James Barnes

How to Create a Clear Marketing Message

Dr. James Barnes

How to Build A Website That Sells

Dr. James Barnes

3: USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO CONVERT FOLLOWERS INTO CUSTOMERS

5 Social Media Mistakes That Are Costing You A Fortune

Dr. James Barnes

7 Ways to Launch Your Food Business with Instagram

Lauren-Colby Nickels

5 Ways to Grow Your Food Business with Facebook

Andy Collins

Video Production for Beginners

Zac Ashmore

4: CHARGE THE RIGHT PRICE FOR PROFITS

Considerations When Pricing Your Agricultural and Value-Added Products

Dr. Elizabeth Canales

5: GROW YOUR LOCAL BRAND AWARENESS IN YOUR COMMUNITY

How to Grow Your Local Food Business Brand

Dr. Rachael Carter

Creating A Farm-to-Table Event

Dr. Rachael Carter

Grow Your Business with Genuine MS

Paige Manning

Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce

6: UNDERSTAND YOUR COMPETITION AND CREATE A STRONG VALUE PROPOSITION

How to Beat Your Competition

Dr. James Barnes

7: UNDERSTANDING LOCAL FOOD POLICIES AND REGULATIONS IN MISSISSIPPI Food as a Business: Navigating Food Safety Regulations

Dr. Courtney Crist

 


COURSE OVERVIEW

7 Ways to Quickly Grow Your Food Business

Dr. James Barnes

 


1: START YOUR BUSINESS THE RIGHT WAY

Three Consumer Insights That Could Help Your Small Food Business Grow

Alba Collart

 

The Basics of Starting A Small Business

Hamp Beatty

 

How to Use AgPlan to Launch and Grow Your Food Business

R. Curt Lacy

 


2: BOOST YOUR SALES WITH THE RIGHT MARKETING PLAN

5 Marketing Mistakes That Are Costing You A Fortune

James Barnes

 

How to Create A Clear Marketing Message

James Barnes

 

How to Build A Website That Sells

James Barnes

 


3: USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO CONVERT FOLLOWERS INTO CUSTOMERS

5 Social Media Mistakes That Are Costing You A Fortune

James Barnes

 

7 Ways to Launch Your Food Business with Instagram

Lauren-Colby Nickels

 

5 Ways to Grow Your Food Business with Facebook

Andy Collins

 

Video Production for Beginners

Zac Ashmore

 


4: CHARGE THE RIGHT PRICE FOR PROFITS

Considerations When Pricing Your Agricultural and Value-Added Products

Elizabeth Canales

 


5: GROW YOUR LOCAL BRAND AWARENESS IN YOUR COMMUNITY

How to Grow Your Local Food Business Brand

Rachael Carter

 

Creating A Farm-to-Table Event

Rachael Carter

 

Grow Your Food Business with Genuine MS

Paige Manning
Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce

 


6: UNDERSTAND YOUR COMPETITION AND CREATE A STRONG VALUE PROPOSITION

How to Beat Your Competition

James Barnes

 


7: UNDERSTAND LOCAL FOOD POLICIES AND REGULATIONS IN MISSISSIPPI

Food as a Business: Navigating Food Safety Regulations

Courtney Crist

 

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News

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Filed Under: Farmers Markets July 1, 2022

Farmers markets are multiplying across the state as they combine two of the things that Mississippians value most: fresh produce and socializing. The concept of a central place for area farmers to sell their goods has been around for decades, but the recent, increased focus on shopping locally has caused an uptick in the number of farmers markets across the state.

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Filed Under: Farmers Markets June 30, 2022

For as long as many people can remember, summertime Tuesdays and Fridays has meant it is time to shop the Itawamba Farmers Market for fresh, local produce and goods. This farmers market is held at the Cypress Pavilion on the campus of Itawamba Community College twice weekly from 2-4 p.m. from June until football season begins in September. This year, a brief fall farmers market is also planned at a time and place to be determined.

Filed Under: Farmers Markets June 30, 2022

There is always a crowd each week at the West Point Farmers Market as shoppers gather to purchase fresh, local produce and goods from neighbors and area farmers. The West Point Farmers Market is held each Thursday in June and July from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Mossy Oak Outlet on Highway 45 Alternate. Vendors set up their wares under the pavilion, with overflow space available in a grassy area under nearby trees.

Filed Under: Farmers Markets June 30, 2022

Shoppers in downtown Macon have a chance twice monthly to socialize and buy fresh produce and goods from area merchants at the new Noxubee Farmers Alliance Market. The market operates on the second and fourth Saturdays from June through August on the Noxubee County Courthouse lawn. Vendors are available from 7-11:30 a.m. to sell a variety of produce, homemade breads, honey, greens and more.

Filed Under: Farmers Markets June 30, 2022

Shoppers in Monroe County have a weekly source of fresh produce, baked goods and other items from May to September at the old railroad depot in downtown Aberdeen. The Aberdeen Main Street Farmers Market has been around since 2014, operating from 8-11 a.m. on Fridays. The outdoor space has plenty of room for vendors who choose to participate. There is no fee for vendors, and no registration is required in advance.

Success Stories

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Agri-business, Marketing and Business Planning
Volume 1 Number 2

VIP help female business owner reach online customers

After Becky Tatum acquired Delta Grind in 2008, she wanted the wholesale cornmeal production business to remain true to its roots, but she also had her own vision for what it could be. 

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About Extension, Beef, Marketing and Business Planning, Rural Development, Food, Food Safety, Health, Nutrition, Rural Health
Volume 4 Number 3

See what's new in Extension: Gather for First Extension Beef-Production Workshop, the Food Factor Goes Digital, Extension Professionals Share Expertise, and Extension Offers New HappyHealthy Program. 

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Agri-tourism, Culinary Tourism, Farmers Markets, Local Food System Economies, Economic Development, Rural Development, Food, Health, Nutrition, Rural Health, Vegetable Gardens
Volume 4 Number 2

From the youngest to the oldest generations, thousands of people are visiting, shopping, and enjoying themselves at the Hernando Farmers’ Market, held Saturdays on the historic DeSoto County Courthouse lawn.

The market has more than just fresh produce. It connects the community by uniting the shoppers, producers, and artisans who come.

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Farmers Markets
Volume 3 Number 4

Ruby D. Rankin spent 33 years leading, serving, and working hand in hand with the people of Kemper County. Her position with the Mississippi State University Extension Service linked her to the community and made her unforgettable to the people who knew her.

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Your Extension Experts

Portrait of Dr. James Newton Barnes
Associate Extension Professor
Portrait of Dr. David Buys
Associate Professor
State Health Specialist
Portrait of Dr. Rachael Carter
Extension Specialist I
Community Development, Tourism, Economics and Natural Resource Policy
Portrait of Dr. Christine E. Coker
Extension/Research Professor
Urban Horticulture Vegetables Green Roofs Food Systems
Portrait of Dr. Alba J. Collart Dinarte
Associate Extension Professor
Horticultural Marketing
Portrait of Dr. Courtney Crist
Associate Extension Professor
Food Safety, Food Science, Food Processing, Home Food Preservation, ServSafe
Portrait of Ms. Elizabeth Powell Gregory North
Head, Ag Communications
Portrait of Dr. Ben Posadas
Assoc Extension/Research Prof
Seafood marketing; Marine and disaster economics
Portrait of Dr. Juan L. Silva
Professor
Food Processing Engineer, Productivity Improvement Techniques and Applications in the food Processin
Portrait of Dr. Eric Thomas Stafne
Extension/Research Professor
Fruit Crops
Portrait of Dr. Jeff Wilson
Assistant Professor
Horticulture: State Master Gardener Coordinator