Extension plans food business workshops
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service will host five workshops designed to deliver food science, economic and business expertise to producers.
Anyone who operates or is interested in operating an agriculture-based food business can attend Food as a Business for Producers workshops at various sites around the state: Mississippi State University, Starkville, Sept. 12; Coastal Research and Extension Center, Biloxi, Oct. 4; Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center, Raymond, Oct. 10; Delta Research and Extension Center, Stoneville, Nov. 3; and Hampton Inn by Hilton, Hernando, Nov. 9.
The one-day workshops are designed to help participants learn the basics of starting their own ag-based businesses and strengthening their food safety and marketing efforts to gain access to growing local markets. Workshop topics will include guidelines to setting up businesses; product costing, pricing and recordkeeping; market outlets and online marketing; produce safety rules and good agricultural practices; and food preservation safety and regulations.
The $15 registration fee for each workshop covers lunch, refreshments and course materials.
Email Courtney Crist at firstname.lastname@example.org or Elizabeth Canales at email@example.com, or visit the MSU Extension Event Calendar at http://extension.msstate.edu/calendar/events for a registration form or more information about the workshops.
MSU Extension, the Mississippi Small Business Development Center, the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce are supporting partners of the workshops.