Food Business & Regulation
Starting or growing food business in Michigan is an increasingly popular entrepreneurial activity. Going from concept to reality is possible by matching your vision with the educational resources and technical assistance available through Michigan State University Extension. Whether you are a specialty food business or agri-business industry leader, MSUE offers business counseling, technical assistance and specialized services customized to your business. Resources include assistance with business planning and information regarding both Michigan and federal food business regulations, including those who produce food under Michigan’s Cottage Food Law. Specialized services available through clients of the MSU Product Center—Food, Ag, Bio include recipe commercialization, packaging and labeling assistance and other services for product development and product launch.
July 21, 2014 | Andy Northrop | Hops production gaining traction in the Thumb counties for Michigan craft beers, tourism, and potentially food too!
July 7, 2014 | Diane Smith | Selling your food product to a high volume retailer means you’ll also need your food produced in high volume. Find out what a co-packer means for your recipe and how much capital you’ll need to determine if you are ready to go to high volume sales.
July 7, 2014 | Diane Smith | Consider how long of the shelf life your product will need, along with what labeling requirements are necessary for regulatory compliance.
June 17, 2014 | Phil Tocco | Risk of getting sick after touching livestock at a petting zoo or the fair is real and tragic. Nothing can be done to eliminate the risk, but there are several practical things fairgoers can do to avoid getting sick after petting animals.
June 6, 2014 | Karen Fifield | Increase family time through physical activity.
May 29, 2014 | Nick Baumgart | Find out more about environmental education and how values play a role in environmental literacy and decision making. See how educators use values as a way to teach EE and help youth better understand how to be good earth stewards.
May 28, 2014 | Kendra Wills | Through a partnership between charter fishing boats and local restaurants, anglers can take their catch to local restaurants for a delicious meal.
May 27, 2014 | Julie Darnton | With the growing ‘pop’ularity of the snack, Michiganders are producing unique varieties in an effort to capitalize on the craze.
May 16, 2014 | Kurt H. Schindler | Agriculture Commission adopted new Site Selection GAAMPs. This means local government needs to start discussions about urban agriculture and local food activity, and work to accommodate this new economic niche.
May 9, 2014 | Diane L. Smith | Prepare to sell your food product nationally by analyzing of your wholesale price, distribution costs and recruitment strategies along with the necessary capital for production capacity.
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Date: Jul 29, 2014
Location: Saginaw County Extension office, One Tuscola St., Saginaw, MI 48607
Date: Jul 31, 2014
Location: Midland County MSU Extension office, 220 West Ellsworth St., Midland, MI 48640
Date: Aug 12, 2014
Location: Genesee County MSU Extension, 605 North Saginaw St., Suite 1A, Flint, MI 48502
- Affordable Care Act Roadmap
- Aquaculture Development
- Cottage Food Law
- Good Agricultural Practices
- Making It in Michigan
- Michigan MarketMaker
- MSU Product Center
- MSU Product Center – Food, Ag, Bio
- Seafood HACCP & Value-Added Fisheries
- Specialized Meat Processing Variance Training
- Tilling the Soil of Opportunity