Developing your local food enterprise

Demand for local foods, has become a nationwide phenomenon.  There are local markets available that can be accessed by Bootheel produce farmers. The University of Missouri Extension in cooperation with Delta Area Opportunity Council (DAEOC) is hosting a series of workshops, for those who are interested in producing and marketing produce for local markets.

There will be five meetings held in the Bootheel Regions in 2014, these include:

February 25, 7 AM for breakfast, Boomland, Charleston, MO

February  25, 12 noon, for lunch, Grecian Steakhouse, Sikeston, MO

March 3, 7 AM for breakfast, University of Missouri, Delta Center, Portageville, MO

March 3, 12 noon, for lunch, Grecian Steakhouse, Kennett, MO

March 11, 7 AM, for breakfast, American Steakhouse, Dexter, MO

Topics for the meeting include:

  • Markets for local foods in the Missouri Bootheel counties
  • Local food production budgets
  • Rules and regulations for local food production
  • GAP certification and liability
  • Funding sources for local foods.

There is no fee to attend. Meetings will be held during breakfast or lunch. Preregistration is requested. To preregister, contact the Stoddard County Extension Office at 573-568-3344 or

Informational flyer about the workshops (PDF)

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