This bonus issue of Rural NY SBO focuses on news of markets, funding, loans, and resources for farmers.
Compete for food/agriculture startup money
Innovative entrepreneurs working on for-profit food and agriculture businesses are invited to compete for $145,000 in startup funds offered in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s third Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. Applications are due by June 30, 2016.
NY products sought for Thruway farm markets
New York vendors interested in selling food products at Taste NY Farm Markets should email TravelersServices@thruway.ny.gov for more information on how to participate this season.
Market seeks additional organic produce
The Warrensburgh Riverfront Farmers’ Market is looking for suppliers of organic (naturally grown) produce. Now in its eighteenth year, the Upstate NY market needs additional producers to provide organically grown fruits and vegetables, hormone and antibiotic free meats and poultry, and value-added products. The article provides details and contact information.
USDA loans for portable farm storage
The USDA has loans, including a microloan option with 5 percent down payment, to help smaller farmers buy portable storage and handling equipment needed to help them produce high-value crops for local and regional markets. Learn more about the Farm Storage Facility Loan program.
Places beyond Facebook to reach customers
Social media networks are a great place to promote a farm business. You can’t be on all of them, so chose those that fit your customers, your products, and your available time. The descriptions of these 20 popular social media platforms may help you find good options for your farm business.
Free book to help your business go mobile
The NFIB offers a free e-book that discusses over best practices for optimizing your website for mobile, marketing and advertising, accepting smartphone payments, and whether or not you really need an app. The Mobile Revolution and Your Small Business is free for anyone to download, but you do need to give your contact information.