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

Livermore Farms

Ken Livermore is the owner of Livermore Farms located in Geneva, Upstate New York. Mr. Livermore said "my main outlets for my fruits are four farmers markets Geneva on Thursday, Seneca Falls on Wednesday, Clifton Springs on Friday, and Lyons on Saturday; and a farm stand. I use MarketMaker several ways, one way I use it, is to find other growers, who might have the same varieties that could help me out whenIm short on orders. Second I use MarketMaker as a source to find possible markets when I have more productthan my normal demand. MarketMaker is easy to use…

Ken Livermore at Geneva Farmers Market
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Partner States

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»