Setting Yourself Up for Success This Holiday Season

Setting Yourself Up for Success This Holiday Season

While it is important to always invest in marketing your business, the holidays bring a unique opportunity. Customers are looking for inspiration as they finalize meal plans, gifts and decorations. Make it easy for them to see your brand as a solution to their problems.

Co-op 101: When Does a Cooperative Make Sense?

Co-op 101: When Does a Cooperative Make Sense?

The cooperative business structure can be an effective organization, but it is not appropriate for everyone or every business idea.  When deciding whether to develop a business as cooperative, there are four key factors that need to be present for the cooperative structure to be the right choice.   

Growing Your Farm and Food Business Workshops

It is workshop season again! The KCARD Growing Your Farm and Food Business workshops will provide an in-depth understanding of business plan development along with an overview of funding options for farmers and agribusinesses in Kentucky. Each workshop will bring together speakers who work directly with national and state funding programs. Programs from USDA, the Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy, Kentucky State University, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and other agencies will be covered with many of these entities present and available for questions.

There will be a $18 per person fee to attend the workshop, with dinner and educational materials provided. For further information visit the Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development’s Facebook page or contact Kati Bowman at kbowman@kcard.info or 859-415-4909.  

Growing Your Farm and Food Business - Hopkins County

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Time: 4:30pm - 8:30pm local time

Location: 75 Cornwall Drive, Madisonville, KY 42431

Register Here!

Growing Your Farm and Food Business - Boone County

Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Time: 4:30pm - 8:30pm local time

Location: 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, KY 41005

Register Here!

Growing Your Farm and Food Business - Adair County

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019

Time: 4:30pm - 8:30pm local time

Location: 409 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY 42728

Register Here!

Growing Your Farm and Food Business - Wolfe County

Date: Tuesday, December 10

Time: 4:30pm - 8:30pm local time

Location: 20 North Washington Street, Campton, KY 41301

Register Here!

5 Free Marketing Tools You Need to Know About

5 Free Marketing Tools You Need to Know About

While developing your marketing strategies and posts, it can get overwhelming on what to create, how to create, and what tools you need to succeed. We have pulled together five tools that help us with everything from content creation to event registration to data analysis.

Are You Eligible for the USDA Value Added Producer Grant?

The Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) provides planning funds or working capital to farmers who are adding value to their agricultural products. The program generally requires a business plan and pro forma financials to score well, so starting early is a must. Below is a quick guide to help you determine if VAPG is the right fit for your business. Contact KCARD, at (859) 550-3972 or via email at kcard@kcard.info.

Agritourism 101

Agritourism 101

Have you ever thought of getting into agritourism? Agritourism is the act of inviting people to come to your farm or ranch and participate in on-farm activities. These activities can include U-pick operations, orchards, pumpkin patches, ranch/farm camps, on-farm retail stores, farm stays, wineries and vineyards, and much more. Here are five things to consider before you open your agritourism operation…

Five Ways to Share Your Story

Five Ways to Share Your Story

Sharing the story of your business is a way to make a stronger connection with your customers and can give them a compelling reason to buy from you. So, how do you capitalize on your story when developing promotional plans for your business? Click to learn five ways to share your story.