Local Foods workshop focuses on key business issues 

Kirksville, Mo. – Area farmers’ market vendors and other local food producers are invited to a one-day regional workshop February24th in Kirksville.

“Selling food directly to consumers provides growers income, a chance to tell their farm’s story, and an opportunity to build a close client network.  It also brings unique challenges with regulation and marketing,” says Darla Campbell, Agricultural Business Specialist with University of Missouri Extension

Presenters for the February 24th workshop in Kirksville include Campbell; Jennifer Schutter, MU Extension Horticulture Specialist; and Londa Nwadike, State Consumer Food Safety Specialist for MU Extension and Kansas State Research and Extension.

Workshop topics will include:

  • The Business of Local Foods
  •  Food Safety and Regulations
  • Optimizing Food Storage & Handling
  • Displaying your Product
  • Proper Food Sampling
  • Discussion on Kirksville’s Farmers’ Market

The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the location will be the basement meeting room of the Adair County Extension Center.

Lunch cannot be guaranteed for those registering after Monday, February 20th.  Checks can be made payable to University of Missouri Extension and sent to Adair County Extension Center, 503 E Northtown Road, Kirksville, MO 63501.   Register by calling the Adair County Extension Center at 660-665-9866 or emailing Darla Campbell at campbelld@missouri.edu


Annie’s Project - Farm Management for Women

University of Missouri Extension is offering Annie’s Project beginning March 2.   The deadline to enroll is February 27.  The course is targeted towards farm women, women landowners and new farmers. The course includes six evening sessions (Thursday evenings)-  March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6.  The location for this course is the Adair County Annex Building, 300 N. Franklin, Kirksville, MO. 

Annie’s Project is an educational program that was created specifically for farm women. Topics include:  risk management, estate planning, leases, record keeping software, ownership of property, insurance, financial statements, spreadsheets, writing a business plan, communication issues, personality traits, and marketing. The course will be taught by University of Missouri Extension personnel, as well as, guest speakers. 

Women have always played a large role in agriculture. They drive tractors and combines, haul grain, keep records, and take care of their families. Women are becoming more involved in the business operations of the farm. Farm women have diverse backgrounds, some which prepare women well for the responsibilities of running a farm business. Other farm women come into farming operations by way of marriage or by means of their spouse or family members dying and leaving them in charge. Being married to a farmer or being a woman in a male dominated business has its challenges. Some women have learned to handle this responsibility very well and are valuable mentors.  

Annie’s Project provides farm women with the knowledge, skills, and resources to make informed risk management decisions regarding their farm business operations. This will enable farm women to become better managers, and in turn, increase the viability of their farming operation. It also gives farm women an opportunity to network and interact with other women involved in agriculture. Farm women find answers, strength, and friendship, in Annie’s Project.

For more information or a brochure contact Darla Campbell at the Schuyler County Extension Center (660.457.3469) or campbelld@missouri.edu.