Are you interested in working with local producers and agribusinesses to find funding for their operations? The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development is hiring an individual to work with agricultural and rural-based businesses seeking KCARD assistance in conjunction with KCARD’s Agribusiness Grant Facilitation Program. This is a full-time position.
In our last post about Co-ops we talked about how cooperatives demonstrate the following principles: User-owned, User-Controlled; and User-benefitted. There are many positive attributes to the cooperative business structure, but it is not the appropriate structure for every business and its owners. Choosing the appropriate business structure is an important strategic decision for business owners.
You can easily “fall into” a marketing channel or a product that you did not plan because you want to take advantage of every opportunity you can in an effort to make your farming business work. Unfortunately, all too often an “opportunity” may not be as good as it first appears, and you end up with lots of things your business is doing that really do not match where you want the business to go. And you may be doing a lot of things that actually cost the business more money than they make.
USDA opened the Community Food Project Grants and the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program Grants (formerly FINI) early this year. There is a super short turn around with applications due on June 3rd and 10th respectively. Also, the USDA Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program Grants are open with a deadline of June 18. Click to check out more information about the programs.