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A guide for those seeking an agribusiness leg-up

Feb 02, 2011 8:09 am
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Help continues to build for those seeking to create new agribusiness products and opportunities."][/caption]Hudson Valley AgriBusiness (HVADC) has developed a publication titled “Understanding Food Systems: Identifying Business Opportunities for Hudson Valley Farmers and Food Entrepreneurs” designed to serve as a “how-to” guide towards a basic understanding of the economic relationships in the food industry, and "the stretch from farmer to consumer that provide the underpinning of both local and regional food systems." The guide offers practical ways for farmers and food entrepreneurs to analyze the local food system structure and provides a set of direct and intermediated marketing tools to evaluate next steps in business development. Examples of how these tools are used both locally and nationally are included so entrepreneurs can explore how these options are functioning in the current marketplace. The publication is meant to accelerate growth in direct market agricultural sales that has been marked throughout the Hudson Valley, even as the general economy has slowed.



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This growth, combined with an expansion in food related start-up businesses such as Farm to Table Co-Packers in Kingston, who froze over 150,000 lbs of local produce and made over 200,000 jars filled with local produce in the first few months of operation highlights a resurgence in the Region’s agribusiness cluster. The guide is being made available free of charge to farmers and food entrepreneurs in the Mid-Hudson by the Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation (HVADC). The Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation is a regional economic development agency dedicated to supporting growth in the food and agriculture sectors in Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster Counties. The publication is available in print from the HVADC office by calling 518-828-4718 or electronically by downloading from the HVADC website at www.hvadc.org.
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