Value Added

Value Added

Value Added

Adding Value to What You Grow

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

Sheep into wool. Wheat into flour. Poop into “peat pots”! Interested in turning crops or livestock into a profitable product for sale? Farmers and ranchers across the country are transforming what they grow and raise into marketable items. But it’s not as easy as it looks. Learn from three who have first-hand experience with success and bumps in the road.

Agritourism: Bringing Tourists to the Farm

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

From dude ranching to bed and breakfasts, agritourism is one of the fastest growing tourism sectors and has helped revitalize rural communities all over the U.S. and Europe. It’s also an opportunity to educate a public increasingly interested in how and where their food is produced. Learn the do’s and don’ts from one expert who helped put her county on the tourist map, and from researchers about how best to position rural communities for tourism.

Building Local and Regional Food Systems

Type: Topic Brief

Growing in popularity on dinner tables and in restaurants, schools and grocery stores around the nation, local food has become more than a buzzword. Local and regional food sales totaled an estimated $6.1 billion in 2012, and the movement is now one of the USDA’s funding priorities: In 2014 alone, the Secretary of Agriculture announced that hundreds of millions of dollars would go to economic development in rural areas, small businesses, value-added market growth, food hubs and more. This topic brief is a companion to the Farm to Table: Building Local and Regional Food Systems topic room, which has tools for business planning, marketing, distribution and logistics issues.

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Building a Farmer-Based Industry from the Ground Up

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Missouri farmers interested in growing elderberries—a high-value specialty crop worth up to $25 per pound—are now better equipped to do so.

Building a Sustainable Business

A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses

Type: Book

Bringing the business planning process alive, Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses helps today's alternative and sustainable agriculture entrepreneurs transform farm-grown inspiration into profitable enterprises. Incluye una versión abreviada en español.

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Cattle, Sheep, Grain and Hay: The Imperial Stock Ranch Story

Jeanne Carver

Type: Multimedia

The Imperial Stock Ranch, which began in 1871, faces a new and serious challenge to its very survival: how to create new markets for its products.

Connecting with Customers

Jeanne Carver

Type: Multimedia

Jeanne Carver describes the importance of listening to customers when developing new value-added markets for your farm products.

Course 2. Strategic Farm/Ranch Planning and Marketing

Type: Online Course/Curriculum

This course covers planning and business development, marketing opportunities and strategies for farm/ranch businesses, and managing the farm/ranch business for long-term success.

Dairy Management

Type: North Central SARE Promotional Product

The sustainability of a dairy farm relates to many factors revolving around farm management, use of resources, and quality of life. NCR-SARE has supported research and education opportunities in a wide variety of dairy topics including organic dairying, value-added dairy options, pasture productivity, animal management, milk marketing, small ruminant dairies, and farm energy.

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Developing Added Value, Convenience Products From Free-Range Pastured Chickens

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

In Canistota, SD, a group of family farmers have been experimenting with methods for adding value to their products and income to their operations.

Tom and Ruth Neuberger were traditional livestock farmers in ‘70’s. During the credit crunch of early 80’s they found themselves in debt “up to their ears.” They sold off their livestock to pay off debt, and then had to devise a new business plan. 

They turned to poultry. 

Direct Marketing for Farmers and Ranchers

Jeanne Carver

Type: Multimedia

The Imperial Stock Ranch increased profits by using direct, value-added marketing of wool products.

Farm Stay U.S. Website

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This farmer-created, consumer-oriented website lists hundreds of farms and ranches around the country that offer accommodations.

Farmer Adds Value by Adding Prawn and Trout

Adding Value to Missouri Family Farm by Incorporating Aquaculture Into Existing Farm Operation

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Joe Gaylord has a 100-acre farm and rents additional acreage for his 120 cow/calf operation. To offset rising fuel and input costs, he sought another source of income. Since his farm has a large pond with an excellent water supply, he decided a fish and prawn operation would be a good fit.

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Grass-Fed Beef Nutritional Data Guide

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Grass Run Farms and Iowa State University developed this guide for producers who want USDA nutrition labels for their grass-fed beef.

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Growing the Pasture-Grazed Dairy Sector in Wisconsin

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This report and video summarize results of comprehensive research on pasture-based dairy products.

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Guide to Designing a Small Red Meat Plant

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Learn how to construct, expand or upgrade a locker-type meat plant.

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Guide to Starting a Locally-Scaled, Local-Foods Based Cooperative

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Information on planning for and running a cooperative can be found in this handbook. 

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Handbook for Agroforestry Planning and Design

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

The steps provided in the Handbook for Agroforestry Planning and Design will allow you to identify what agroforestry products can grow on your land, which of these products you can sell profitably, and how to develop basic business and marketing strategies. 

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Helping Entrepreneurs: Tools and Techniques

New American Farm Conference Breakout Session

Type: Presentation

Many farmers are thinking about starting a farm- or ranch-based venture, but need more entrepreneurial skills. Come hear about a range of tools that ag educators can use to help would-be entrepreneurs develop successful agriculture-based businesses.

Imperial Stock Ranch Heritage Lamb/Fiber Marketing

New American Farm Conference Poster

Type: Poster

Imperial Stock Ranch Heritage Lamb/Fiber Marketing, presented by Jeanne Carver (Oregon).

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Imperial Stock Ranch Heritage Lamb/Fiber Marketing

FW02-206, Jeanne Carver, Oregon

Type: Western SARE Project Summary

Information Flows along the Beef Supply Chain: Information Exchange as a Strategy for Mitigating Increased Costs and Maximizing Producer Profits

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

Due to information asymmetry in the beef supply chain, there is no communication system to identify the feed strategies that produce high quality beef with lower production costs. Sarah Lake, graduate student at the University of Colorado, considered that increasing the exchange of information throughout the beef supply chain could be a priority for the continued economic success of the beef industry. With better access to information, beef producers potentially could improve feed strategies and produce higher volumes of quality beef.

Iowa Meat Processors’ Resource Guidebook

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A guide to building, upgrading or expanding a small meat processing facility in Iowa.

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Kansas Pumpkin patch receives “Extreme Makeover” with funds from SARE

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Just off of Highway 77, running north from El Dorado, Kansas, runs seventy three acres of agritourism property which is a part of Carroll and Becky Walters’ family farm and pumpkin patch, Walters’ Pumpkin Patch. 

Kids Get the Skinny on Whole Grains in North Dakota Systems

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

Working in an extension office, co-owner of Dakota Family Mill, Adrian Biewer, became aware of the health needs that wholegrain products could address. Developing a better tasting wholegrain product made practical sense.

In 2006, the farm families of Dakota Family Mill, Duane and Jean Smith, Bob and Debra Evenson, and Adrian and Anne Biewer, submitted a proposal to the NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant program, and were selected for funding.

Local Food: Food Processing

Type: Topic Room

Processing can be a challenge for small-scale producers, but it is a key to entering high-value local markets. In-depth information on animal processing, harvest handling and value-added processing.

Marketing On-Farm Compost

A toolkit of resources for farm compost operators

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This resource includes best practices for quality compost, and information on compost markets.

Marketing Strategies for Farmers and Ranchers

Type: Bulletin

This bulletin offers snapshots of alternatives to marketing commodities through conventional channels.

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Metropolitan Foodshed Toolkit

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A toolkit of strategies to support the evolution of a sustainable Portland Metropolitan Foodshed.

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Production and Marketing of Beach Plum, a Heritage Fruit Crop

Type: Fact Sheet

Beach plum (Prunus maritima Marsh) is one of several shrubby plums native to North America. The jams produced from this fruit command premium prices at farm stands and specialty markets, even in comparison with jam made from other locally grown fruit. However, the wild-collected supply of fruit does not meet this niche market’s demand.

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Rural Revitalization through Farm-Based Enterprise

Type: North Central SARE From the Field Profile

For decades, John Allen has helped farmers develop business skills and strategies, improving their profitability and helping to revitalize rural communities.

Safe and Profitable Oil Production Fact Sheets

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Information on edible oil production for small-scale producers. 

Selling at a Farmers Market

A plain language guide

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This plain language guide guide explains how to begin selling at a farmers' market, including choosing a market, applying for space, designing displays, setting prices, making sales and keeping records.

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Small-scale oilseed processing guide

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Oilseed crops present an opportunity for farmers in the Northeast to diversify with a crop typically grown in the Midwestern and Great Plains regions. Many of the crops are adaptable and have been grown in the Northeast--some for a number of years, and others only recently.

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Stitching Together a Region's Prosperity, Nutrition and Sustainability

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

The San Joaquin Valley of California is one of the most productive and diverse agricultural areas in the country. However, Daniel O’Connell of the Sequoia Riverlands Trust (SRT), along with local producers, gathered data that identified challenges in building a healthier regional food system.  These challenges, similar those many other regions face, included  lack of infrastructure to provide for adequate distribution channels, minimal awareness by consumers about where and how to access product in the region,  land use decisions on the urban-rural edge that impacted farmers with pressures that drove up land and production costs, and the Valley’s disconnect from broader, statewide food systems thought, policy changes and economic benefits from localized trends like value-added processing.

Test Marketing Pasture-Produced Artisan Cheese

FW00-210, Tim Pedrozo, California

Type: Western SARE Project Summary

The Organic Seed Grower

A Farmer's Guide to Vegetable Seed Production

Type: Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

The Organic Seed Grower is a comprehensive manual for the serious vegetable grower who is interested in growing high-quality seeds using organic farming practices.

Training in Marine Ornamental Farming for Extension Professionals in Micronesia

Type: Western SARE From the Field Profile

According to Simon Ellis, director of the Marine and Environmental Research Institute of Pohnpei (MERIP), one of the most successful aquaculture enterprises in the FSM and RMI to date has been farming of marine ornamental invertebrates for supplying home aquariums in the United States and Europe. Ellis designed his Western SARE Professional Development Program project, “Training in Marine Ornamental Farming for Extension Professionals in Micronesia,” with the assumption that the marine ornamental aquaculture industry in Micronesia could be improved by better skills, knowledge, and communication between practitioners.

Value Added Vegetables

Live Fermentation

Type: From the Field Profile

Fermentation is an ancient method of preserving fresh vegetables and other foods for later use. It is accomplished due to lactic acid-producing bacteria, which lower the pH of these foods.

Chris Chmiel, co-owner of Integration Acres Ltd., applied for an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant and learned that fermentation could be profitable and add value to his vegetable production.

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Working With Your Food Safety Inspector

Type: North Central SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

How food safety inspectors and small scale processors can work together to meet regulations.