Several current Mississippi-based projects support the Local Food Systems Economies (LFSE) program:
Barnes, J. 2016. “Measuring the Economic Contribution of Specialty Crop Production and Processing on Mississippi’s Economy.” Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce.
Smith, B., A. Barefield, J. Barnes, and C. McDavid. 2016. “Southeast Mississippi Jobs Accelerator.” Economic Development Administration.
Barnes, J. (PI). 2015. “Marketing Mississippi’s Farmers Markets Using Facebook and Other Social Media Platforms.” Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Experts from the Mississippi State University Extension Service will offer a workshop designed to help food-related business owners prepare for disasters.
“Food as a Business: Disaster Preparedness for Food Businesses” is for anyone who currently operates or is interested in operating an agriculture-based food business, including retail, cottage food or food processing operations.
Topics include financial preparedness, risk management, record keeping, crisis communication planning, emergency-action planning and food recall and traceability planning.
Mississippi producers can learn how to serve the farm-to-school market at an Alliance of Sustainable Farms event Oct 19.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The value and healthfulness of farm-fresh foods will be on display May 22 for a group of 15 adults who attend a Mississippi State University Extension Service daylong tour.
CARRIERE, Miss. -- The Small Farm Training Center will host the Alliance of Sustainable Farms field day on Jan. 19 in Hancock County.
Farm operators Terry and Elicia Sheldon, along with student apprentices who live and work at the center, will show attendees their techniques for growing organic produce.