KCARD News

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.

 

KCARD Connection January 2017

Soliciting for SAM: Have you gotten a call?

Last month, KCARD received a phone call with a recorded message that our SAM registration was about to expire and to call a number back to renew it.  KCARD, like many of our clients, does have a SAM number as part of the federal government’s System for Award Management program.  Having this number allows businesses and organizations to apply for grant programs and do business with the US government.
 

KCARD Announces 2017 Winter Grant Workshops

The Agribusiness Grant Facilitation Program (AGFP) of the Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) will be hosting a series of grant workshops to assist agricultural producers and rural businesses identify grant opportunities and develop a strategy for seeking out those funds.

 

KCARD in Review 2016

In 2016: 
  • KCARD assisted clients in over 90 counties in Kentucky.
  • Helped Kentucky producers and rural businesses bring in over $3.3 million in federal grant funds.
  • Assisted 358 different producers and businesses in 2016, an increase of 76% from 2015.

KCARD Connection December 2016

KCARD Connection November 2016

Lean Closer and We’ll Reveal the Super-Secret Password

Occasionally, we hear of someone offering a deal too good to be true for our clients.  Some of these deals are truly great deals and can benefit the business or producer. And then there are the others.  
 
Since we spend the vast majority of our time running through financials and talking with farmers and business owners who work really hard to make their living, we tend to be skeptical of big promises.  
 
Here are a few red flags that make us worry:
 
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