KCARD News

Palmer Farms Meats: Grass-Fed Beef in Calloway County

Stacie Palmer and her family have always raised cattle on their farm in Almo, in Calloway County Kentucky. When the opportunity arose for Stacie to try her hand at selling grass-fed beef directly to the customer, she took it head on and soon learned she was great at marketing their products.

 

Kentucky’s Farms to Food Banks Program

Farms to Food Banks, a program of the Kentucky Association of Food Banks (KAFB), pays farmers who bring in surplus or #2 produce to their distribution points.

 

What crops does KAFB accept?

 

Sustainable Harvest Farm: Offering a Full Basket of Farm Goods out of London, Kentucky

Nestled off a country road in London, Kentucky, Sustainable Harvest Farm offers fields of greens, fruits, vegetables, and pastures dotted with cattle and hogs.  The farm grew out of a love of the outdoors, wholesome food, environmental stewardship, and rural community life by the owners Ford and Amanda Waterstrat.

 

Money for Land, Equipment, and More: What to Consider

KCARD is often asked by individuals and businesses how to fund their business idea or latest business needs.  Many options exist for agricultural and food-based projects, but to determine what funding is a good fit, you need to have a good estimate of the amount needed and the type of needs you have and prepare a budget.   

 

Below are some funding options that range from local banks to crowdfunding websites:

 

Job Opening: Business Development Specialist

The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development is hiring an individual to work with agricultural and rural-based businesses seeking KCARD assistance and to lead work on KCARD special projects related to the agricultural and food industries in Kentucky.
 

KCARD Connection March 2017

KCARD Connection February 2017

Jackson County Regional Food Center: Serving the Appalachian Area and Beyond

Jackson County Regional Food Center – located in Tyner, Kentucky – is providing new ways for farmers and food entrepreneurs to develop their businesses and add to their sales by offering expanded copacking services and partnering with other organizations to provide business support.  The mission of the Jackson County Regional Food Center has been to provide Appalachian farmers and small businesses with an opportunity to tap a growing market with locally-produced, value-added products.  Now, instead of being just a commercial kitchen, JCRFC is working towards becoming a

Preparing to Plan: Are you ready?

More often than not, when KCARD Staff are setting up the first meetings with a new business, we get the question “What do I need to have ready?”  Or, we get the comment “I don’t have enough information completed to work with you to develop a business plan”.  We emphasize that you do not need to have everything in perfect order to start working on your business plan. The most important thing is that you start.

 

However, there are three things to have at the table to be better prepared: 

 

Farmer Joe’s: A New Generation Enters the Family Farm

Joe Weber always enjoyed raising cattle on his family farm in Salvisa, Kentucky when he was younger. College pulled him away, but in 2013, he decided to follow his passion and go back to the family farm and create a business doing what he loves. Joe changed careers from being an environmental engineer to taking over the family farm in Salvisa, Kentucky.  Soon after, “Farmer Joe’s” was developed.

 

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