Ag Action 2012 of southwest Michigan features food business development

Michigan State University Extension and Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) host Ag Action 2012, one of southwest Michigan biggest agriculture and home horticulture events.

Michigan State University Extension and Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) host Ag Action 2012, one of southwest Michigan biggest agriculture and home horticulture events, January 27 featuring a day-long business development track with MSU Product Center sessions on Michigan cottage foods, commercial food businesses and The Road to Independence, at the community college campus in Oshtemo.

This January 27 Michigan State University (MSU) Extension and Kalamazoo Valley Community College will add food and business development topics to its popular Ag Action trade show, agriculture and home horticulture offerings. A day-long business development track includes sessions on Michigan cottage foods, starting commercial food businesses and starting a business of any kind The Road to Independence taught by MSU Product Center and Food Safety Extension Educators.

Cottage Foods: How to Start a Successful Business focuses on the preparation of certain foods in home kitchens for direct sale. Participants will learn what foods can be legally produced, labeled and sold. Food safety practices that may be used to ensure a wholesome product will be addressed, and an option for a food safety training certificate offered. An overview of MSU resources for business development is also planned.

Cottage to Commercial: Ingredients for a Successful Food Business will go beyond the limits of cottage foods with exploration of food processing basics, regulatory requirements, business development resources and related topics. This session targets those who are interested in taking a cottage food-type product to the commercial market or start any type of food business.

The Road to Independence is designed to provide resources and information for start-up entrepreneurs. Topics include: getting started, business planning and market considerations. Anyone who is thinking about starting any kind of business is welcome to attend.

Ag Action 2012 is held 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2012 at KVCC. The registration fee of $20 includes lunch. Other fees may apply. For more information, see upcoming events or call 269-657-8213.

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