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Agritourism and Local Foods Lunch Break Webinars

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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

Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Catfish, Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Specialty Crop Production, Coronavirus September 21, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will accept applications for assistance from agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.Sign-up for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 -- CFAP 2 -- begins Sept. 21 and runs through Dec. 11, 2020. The program is open to producers of row crops, livestock, aquaculture, dairy and specialty crop commodities.

Rows of canning jars line a table at an open-air marketplace.
Filed Under: Agricultural Economics, Agri-business, Local Food System Economies, Food and Health, Food September 11, 2020

Cottage food laws enacted to allow new entrepreneurs to start small-scale food businesses in their homes were updated recently to stay current with the business climate.

A bowl of uncooked brown rice.
Filed Under: Rice, Local Flavor, Food, Nutrition September 11, 2020

September is National Rice Month! So, let’s celebrate with some great tasting rice recipes that have been featured on the blog.

Filed Under: Agri-business, Agri-tourism, Local Food System Economies August 14, 2020

The Mississippi State University Extension Service will start rolling out tips Monday to help agritourism farms adapt when they face market losses as COVID-19 changed the way schools are operating and how group events are being held this year.

Closeup of blueberries in various stages of ripeness.
Filed Under: Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Local Flavor, Farmers Markets, Specialty Crop Production May 21, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic presented a new obstacle for Mississippi blueberry growers in 2020, impacting the labor force for the early-season varieties.

Success Stories

A woman wearing a white visor, maroon shirt, jeans, and boots marks a clipboard as five cows and three calves rest under a tree.
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. 

Red potatoes in a biodegradable basket are flanked on either side by green snap beans.
Agri-tourism, Culinary Tourism, Local Food System Economies, Farmers Markets, 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 Mr. Hamp Beatty
Extension Associate III
Municipal Public Policy Small Business Development
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
Assoc Extension/Research Prof
Urban Horticulture Vegetables Green Roofs Food Systems
Portrait of Dr. Alba J. Collart Dinarte
Associate Extension Professor
Horticultural Marketing
Portrait of Dr. Courtney Crist
Assistant Extension Professor
Food Safety, Food Science, Food Processing
Portrait of Dr. Laura H. Downey
Associate Extension Professor
Portrait of Ms. Elizabeth Powell Gregory North
Head, Ag Communications
Portrait of Dr. Ben Posadas
Assoc Extension/Research Prof
Seafood and specialty crops 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. Rick Snyder
Extension/Research Professor
Greenhouse Tomatoes and other vegetables, Field Vegetables, Mushrooms
Portrait of Dr. Eric Thomas Stafne
Extension/Research Professor
Fruit Crops
Portrait of Dr. Jeff Wilson
Assistant Professor
Horticulture: State Master Gardener Coordinator