Processing & Value-Added

Make sure to check out the links on the General Resources - Market Development page, starting with your state's agricultural resources. 

 

Arizona Resources

Recognize and Investigate Value-Added Opportunities and Constraints

This paper by explains value-added products, provides examples, provides guidelines to help evaluate value-added opportunities, and discusses marketplace evaluation, business/community networking, processing efficiency, and more.

http://ag.arizona.edu/arec/va/valaddopp&const.html

 

 

New Mexico Resources

Food Business in New Mexico

This publication from the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension outlines how to create a food processing business.

http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/pubs/_e/E-510.pdf

 

 

Utah Resources

Value-Added Agricultural Products: An Introduction
This resource guide was developed by the Diversified Agriculture Consortium, which is based in Utah.
http://diverseag.org/files/uploads/marketing/Intro-VAT-1%203.pdf

 

 

Other Resources

Value-Added and Processing, ATTRA Publications

ATTRA has numerous publications on this subject.  A few suggested publications include:

Keys to Success in Value-Added Agriculture

Adding Value to Farm Products: An Overview

Food Dehydration Options

https://attra.ncat.org/

 

Value-Added Business Ventures through Producer Alliances

This publication identifies the factors that producers should evaluate when considering investment in producer alliances. The success of a value-added business depends upon whether the alliance is organized and has a solid business sense.

http://www.ces.purdue.edu/extmedia/ID/ID-318.pdf

 

A Checklist for Producers Starting a New Value-Added Agriculture Business

This Ag Innovation Guide provides a brief overview of some of the steps you need to take in forming a new value-added agriculture business.

http://www.agmrc.org/business_development/starting_a_business/marketbusiness_assessment/articles/getting-from-idea-to-implementation

 

Pathway to Organic for Processors

This is a resource website devoted to helping organic processors access information about; starting an organic business, organic certification, regulatory issues, marketing, and production advice. This website has been put together by the Organic Trade Association.

http://www.howtogoorganic.com/index.php?page=processors

 

Farm Made: A Guide to On-Farm Processing for Organic Producers
Farm-Made is intended for the organic farmer, or prospective organic farmer, who is considering adding a processing enterprise and needs to know the additional challenges and requirements that organic certification presents, as well as some of the unique opportunities.
http://www.kerrcenter.com/publications/FarmMadeReport09.pdf

 

Considerations for a Value-Added Agribusiness, University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service
Includes chapters on agricultural business planning, marketing, financial feasibility, product development, and value-added opportunities

http://trace.tennessee.edu/utk_agexmkt/11/