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Week 1

Session 1 (August 17)
5 Things Your Agritourism Website Should Include

James Barnes

Session 2 (August 18)
Adapting Your Business and Decision Making in a Changing Marketplace

Rachael Carter

Session 3 (August 19)
Social Media and Marketing

Lauren Colby Nickels

Session 4 (August 20)
Developing Food Product Labels

Courtney Crist

Session 5 (August 21)
MDAC – Resources for Farmers Markets

Purvie Green


Week 2

Session 6 (August 24)
Farm Financial and Production Recordkeeping

Elizabeth Canales

Session 7 (August 25)
Mississippi Cottage Food Law (with Updates)

Courtney Crist

Session 8 (August 26)
Using Digital Payment Options

Lauren Colby Nickels

Session 9 (August 27)
Liability

Rusty W. Rumley

Session 10 (August 28)
Switching to Direct Sales – What Producers Need to Consider

Kim Morgan

 

 

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News

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Filed Under: Local Flavor, Farmers Markets, Local Food System Economies, Marketing and Business Planning, Community, Small Business January 25, 2023

POPLARVILLE, Miss. -- Current and prospective market vendors can learn valuable marketing skills in a Feb. 9 workshop in Poplarville. Farmers Market Vendor Workshop: Boosting Your Revenue will teach participants valuable skills to help them increase sales. The workshop is open to vendors who sell at festivals, farmers markets and other similar venues.

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Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Fruit, Farmers Markets January 10, 2023

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service will host two free educational workshops for blueberry growers in January -- one in person and another online.

The in-person workshop will be held Jan. 24 at the MSU Extension Forrest County office at 952 Sullivan Drive in Hattiesburg from 1-4 p.m. The virtual workshop will be Jan. 26 from 2-4 p.m.

Filed Under: Agriculture, Commercial Horticulture, Local Flavor, Specialty Crop Production December 16, 2022

VERONA, Miss. -- Current and prospective greenhouse vegetable producers are invited to attend the Mississippi State University Greenhouse Vegetable Short Course March 7 and 8, 2023, in Verona, Mississippi. The short course, formerly known as the Greenhouse Tomato Short Course, will be offered at the MSU North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona.

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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.

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