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MarketMaker is a national network of states that connect farmers and fishermen with food retailers, grocery stores, processors, caterers, chefs, and consumers. It is an ever-growing partnership of Land Grant Universities, Departments of Agriculture, and food and agricultural organizations investing in a coordinated effort to build a virtual infrastructure that brings healthier, fresher, and more flavorful food to the average consumer.

MarketMaker was created at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004 and is licensed to Riverside Research, an independent not-for-profit organization. Riverside Research is investing in additional research and development to expand MarketMaker’s capabilities to new markets and regions, both nationally and globally.

MarketMaker is hosted and maintained by Riverside Research and is guided by an advisory board made up of representatives from among participating partner states.

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The strength of MarketMaker comes from its valuable partnerships with state, regional, and local agencies. Contact us if you have interest in building a MarketMaker presence in your area.

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MarketMaker State Principles, Management Team, and Sponsors

State Principles

Brad Bergefurd
Horticulture Specialist, Ohio State University
Phone: 7402892071136
Email: bergefurd.1@osu.edu

Alba Collart
Agricultural Economics; Assistant Extension Profes
Email: collart@agecon.msstate.edu

Wayne Curtis
Project Specialist, University of the District of
Phone: 2022747159
Email: wayne.curtis1@udc.edu

Joanne Davidhizar
Extension Educator, Michigan State University Exte
Phone: 2699444126
Email: davidhiz@msu.edu

Julie Fox
Ohio State University Extension/OARDC
Phone: (740) 289-2071
Email: fox.264@osu.edu

Cindy Garretson-Weibel
Wyoming Business Council Agribusiness Director
Phone: 307-777-6589
Email: cindy.weibel@wyo.gov

Ray Hansen
Program Director, AGMRC, Iowa State University, Ai
Phone: 515-294-3890
Email: hansenr@iastate.edu

Mary Hosier
Visiting Project Manager, University of Illinois
Phone: 2173337512
Email: mhosier@illinois.edu

Dr. Dave Lamie
Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Devel
Phone: (803) 788-5700
Email: dlamie@clemson.edu

Dr. Khin Mar Cho
Senior Extension Associate
Phone: 2123402918
Email: kc458@cornell.edu

Dr. Maria Marshall
Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Ec
Phone: (765) 494-4268
Email: inmm@purdue.edu

Charissa McGlothin
Program Assistant
Phone: 7402892071
Email: mcglothin.4@osu.edu

Ben Posadas
Associate E&R Professor of Economics
Phone: 2285461024
Email: ben.posadas@msstate.edu

Ron Rainey
Associate Professor, University of Arkansas Divisi
Phone: (501) 671-2175
Email: marketmaker@uaex.edu

LaDon Swann
Director at Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant
Phone: 228-818-8842
Email: swanndl@auburn.edu

Dawn Thilmany
Department of Ag and Resource Economics, Colorado
Phone: (970) 491-7220
Email: thilmany@lamar.colostate.edu

Craig Tordsen
Value-Added Agriculture, Iowa State University
Phone: (515) 291-0966
Email: marketmaker@iastate.edu

Mark Waller
Associate Head for Extension, Program Leader in Ag
Phone: 979-845-1751
Email: mwaller@tamu.edu

John Westra
Associate Professor, Agricultural Economics and Ag
Phone: (225) 578-2721
Email: JWestra@agcenter.lsu.edu

Dr. Ken Wolfe
Public Service Associate, University of Georgia
Phone: (706) 542-0752
Email: kwolfe@uga.edu

Tim Woods
Department of Agricultural Economics, Kentucky
Phone: 8592577270
Email: tim.woods@uky.edu

Allen Wysocki
Food and Resource Economics Department, University
Phone: 352-390-1826
Email: wysocki@ufl.edu

Management Team

Darlene Knipe
MarketMaker Co-Founder, Food and Ag Industry SME
Riverside Research
Phone: (217) 903-5951
Mobile: (309) 428-0128
Email: dknipe@foodmarketmaker.com

Richard Knipe
MarketMaker Co-Founder, Agriculture Research SME
Riverside Research
Phone: (217) 903-5952
Mobile: (309) 781-9020
Email: rknipe@foodmarketmaker.com

Danny Hayes
Program Manager, MarketMaker
Riverside Research
Phone: (318) 422-0793
Email: dhayes@riversideresearch.org

Gina Backes
Program Coordinator, MarketMaker
Riverside Research
Phone: (217) 903-5950
Email: gbackes@foodmarketmaker.com

Contract Programmers

National Center for Super Computing Applications
Champaign, IL


National financial supporters:
  • AgMRC, National Ag Marketing Resource Center
  • USDA - National Institute of Food and Agriculture
  • Farm Credit

State site financial supporters:
Colorado Partners:
  • Colorado Department of Agriculture
  • Colorado Department of Agriculture - Markets Division
  • Colorado State University Extension
  • Colorado State University Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics
  • Colorado Proud
  • Colorado Wine
District of Columbia Partners:
  • District of Columbia Cooperative Extension Service
Georgia Partners:
  • University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness & Economic Development
  • One Georgia Authority
Illinois Partners:
  • University of Illinois Extension
  • Illinois Department of Agriculture
Iowa Partners:
  • Iowa State University Extension
  • AgMRC
  • Leopold Center
Indiana Partners:
  • New Ventures in Food & Agriculture for Indiana, Purdue University
  • Indiana Cooperative Development Center, Inc.
  • Indiana State Department of Agriculture
  • USDA-Rural Development
Kentucky Partners:
  • University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service
  • Kentucky Department of Agriculture Kentucky Proud Program
  • Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy
  • New Crop Opportunities Center
  • Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund
Michigan Partners:
  • MSU Product Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Project GREEEN
  • GreenStone Farm Credit Services
  • Nowlin Chair for Consumer-Responsive Agriculture
  • C.S. Mott Chair for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS)
  • Food Systems Economic Partnership (FSEP)
  • Washtenaw County Agricultural Council
  • Michigan Department of Agriculture
  • Michigan Farm Bureau
Mississippi Partners:
  • Mississippi State University Extension Service
  • Mississippi Department of Agriculture & Commerce
  • Mississippi Farm Bureau
  • Mississippi Development Authority
Nebraska Partners:
  • University of Nebraska Rural Initiative
  • University of Nebraska Cooperative Development Center
  • Nebraska Institute of Agriculture & Natural Resources
New York Partners:
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension, NYC
  • NY Farm Viability Institute
  • Pride of New York
  • NY State Vegetable Growers Association
  • NY Farm to Fork - Upstate Direct
Ohio Partners:
  • The Ohio State University
  • Ohio State University Extension
  • Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center
  • OSU South Centers
  • Ohio Department of Agriculture
  • Ohio Proud
  • Ohio Grape Industries
  • Ohio Farm Bureau & Our Ohio
  • Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT)
South Carolina Partners:
  • Clemson Institute for Economic & Community Development (CIECD)
  • Clemson University Center for Economic Development
  • South Carolina Shrimp Fisheries Assistance Project
  • South Carolina Department of Agriculture
  • South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium
  • South Carolina USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)