Date(s) - March 28, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Direct food marketing in Ohio is hot. The latest USDA survey identified 7,107 Ohio farms with direct food sales–third highest in the nation. Ohio State University Extension is hosting a three-part webinar series “Starting a Food Business,” providing an introduction to what a producer needs to know about selling home-based and farm-raised foods directly to consumers and retailers.

The free webinar series will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 24, Feb. 28, and March 28 with these different topics each night:

Jan. 24: Start-Up Basics. What do you want to sell? Experts will review initial considerations for selling your food product. They will cover food safety, licensing, legal, and economic considerations for starting up a food business.

Feb. 28: Selling Home-Based Foods. Learn about food product development, Ohio’s Cottage Food and Home Bakery laws, and requirements for selling canned foods.

March 28: Selling Meat and Poultry. A look at the economics, processing options, and labeling and licensing requirements for selling meat and poultry.

Webinars Teaching Team

Nicole Arnold, asst. professor and food safety field specialist for OSU Extension. Arnold supports food handlers, consumers, and educators with food safety education and risk communication efforts.

Peggy Kirk Hall, assoc. professor and agricultural law field specialist for OSU Extension. Hall directs OSU Extension’s Agricultural & Resource Law Program and regularly teaches and writes on food laws.

Emily Marrison, OSU Extension educator in family and consumer sciences. Marrison’s food science background provides expertise and insight on food safety, product development, and selling home-based foods.

Garth Ruff, beef cattle field specialist for OSU Extension. Ruff has a background in animal science and specializes in livestock production and marketing, farm management, and meat science.

The webinar series is free, but registration is necessary. Register