Connecting Producers, Markets, and Food Lovers

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AGMRC for Value Added Agriculture

The Ag Marketing Resource Center at Iowa State is a rich library of information to help you understand and analyze the food industry in terms of value-added markets and industries.

The food industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and impacts all of United States' agriculture. For more information on specific topics within the food industry, click here.

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Business Spotlight

Wea Creek Orchard

The farm is owned and operated by three families who are descended from the pioneers who purchased the farm in 1855. The farm has been owned by our family continuously since that time. The farm is incorporated under the name Patrius Ara which, in Latin, means land of our fathers. We take great pride in our heritage and we are working to maintain the buildings and grounds as near as possible to the original. There are two bank barns overlooking the creek which were used to house Shropshire sheep, Shorthorn cattle and Poland China pigs as well as horses and…

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MarketMaker is Seeking Partners

MarketMaker has enjoyed an extensive network of partners and collaborators over the years that includes universities, governmental agencies and agricultural organizations. Grass roots engagement has been key to our successes. If you would like to bring Food MarketMaker and its suite of tools and services to your group, locality or state please consider becoming a partner. We are a scalable platform that can serve the local community or a national network of stakeholders.

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MarketMaker was the most successful tool that gave me access to wholesale markets. A Farm-to-Fork grocery store in the next state was able to find my okra operation from a post (Buy-Sell Forum) in minutes.

—Thomas Leonard, Modern Harvest Farms, Woodruff, SC

News

USDA Value-Added Producer Grants Announced for 2018

Sep 1, 2017 - Approximately $18 million available in grants for value-added ag enterprises started by farmers, ranchers, foresters, or fishermen. Read more»

2016 Farm Credit MarketMaker Innovation Awards

Nov 15, 2016 - Louisiana, Michigan, and Iowa Honored with 2016 Farm Credit MarketMaker Innovation Awards Read more»

Collaboration between AgMRC and MarketMaker Paves Way for New Food Mapping Tool and Educational Resources

Nov 24, 2015 - Finding food-related businesses and related educational information on a single website will soon get a lot easier. Thanks to collaboration… Read more»