• Launch a new business with FastTrac

    January 10, 2012 | Dan Rossman | Individuals interested in starting a new business can gain valuable information by participating in an in-depth program called FastTrac. This proven curriculum provides aspiring entrepreneurs with a plan and framework to be successful.

  • Business, succession, retirement and estate planning for farm women

    January 4, 2012 | Marilyn Thelen | Farm women have a vested interest in transferring the farm business to the next generation. Annie’s Project offers a four-night series in St. Johns, Mich., especially for farm women who want to make the transition smooth for future generations.

  • Local bakeries driving interest in hard wheat production in Michigan

    November 14, 2011 | Dan Rossman | Local food demand is providing niche market possibilities for alternative crops such as hard wheat for bread flour. Michigan State University research is field testing varieties that may interest farmers.

  • Small digesters on farms in Michigan

    October 31, 2011 | Charles Gould | The 2011 Small Scale Anaerobic Digester Conference will discuss how to make a digester work on a small dairy farm.

  • Selling meat from your farm? Make sure it is labeled properly!

    October 18, 2011 | Jeannine P. Schweihofer, Breanda Reau | Many farmers are direct marketing meat from their farm and need to be in compliance with regulations.

  • It is hard to run a business alone

    October 13, 2011 | Dan Rossman | Running a business requires skills in production, marketing and finances and it is difficult for one person to do it all.

  • Selling your Michigan food product (part 2)

    September 29, 2011 | Joanne Davidhizar | Spending the time to research and target your potential market may take out some of the uncertainty with your new venture.

  • Dollars and sense of your food business (part 3)

    September 29, 2011 | Joanne Davidhizar | The Michigan State University Product Center innovation counselors can help emerging food producers incorporate good business practices into their plans.

  • Producing your Michigan food product (Part 1)

    September 23, 2011 | Joanne Davidhizar | The Michigan State University Product Center can assist prospective food entrepreneurs to understand and navigate complex requirements through educational programs and business counseling.

  • A new way of thinking

    August 11, 2011 | Kable Thurlow | Don’t be afraid to step outside of your box when it comes to products, and marketing.

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