Gov. Mike DeWine announced he will nominate Brian Baldridge of Winchester to be the next director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.Read More
Jump start your food and farm business! Ohio Farm Bureau is excited to offer two complimentary tickets to the Mid-America Restaurant Expo for members who join CIFT’s Small Business Mentorship Group during the month of January (while supplies last). This is nearly a $200 value that will give your company an immediate advantage at the Expo and a year’s worth of connectivity and development with the Mentorship Group, which is explained below. Don’t get left behind in a constantly evolving industry landscape. Sign up today!
The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT), with assistance from Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, has created an initiative designed to support the aspirations of food small business owners who are trying to take their businesses to the next level.
CIFT’s Small Business Mentoring Group (SBMG) is for businesses that are making a product in an Ohio Department of Agriculture licensed facility with less than $1 million in sales. The aim is to provide unique insights and enhance the development of value-added food products in Ohio.
Participants in SBMG receive:
- Company logo and basic information displayed on the CIFT website and included in promotional materials for SBMG;
- At least one in-person networking event to meet and engage with fellow businesses from across Ohio; and
- Access to a private, interactive engagement via Facebook related to:
- Networking opportunities with similar businesses and industry experts
- Materials and information representing best practices for food companies
- Activities to test knowledge and identify growth/scaling opportunities
- Insights and updates from others in the food processing industry
The group is free for Ohio Farm Bureau members, but space is limited. To find out more and apply to join the Small Business Mentoring Group, contact CIFT at [email protected]iftinnovation.org or visit ciftinnovation.org.
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Through 14 scholarship funds, nearly 50 awards will be made to deserving students. The deadline to apply online is March 31.Read More
International Food Solutions is receiving a grant to help redevelop and expand a vacant building in Cleveland into a plant with the capacity to process 60 million pounds of poultry.Read More
Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professional Stacie Anderson of Wood County is the winner of the 2023 American Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculture Award.Read More
Ohio Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professional Mike Hannelwald of Lucas County is the winner of the 2023 American Farm Bureau Discussion Meet.Read More
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