October 23, 6:30pm–8:30pmWhere
Community Improvement Corporation of Belmont County 117 East Main St, Saint Clairsville, Ohio 43950
Food growers and producers are invited to attend a presentation by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Improvement Corporation of Belmont County’s office at 117 East Main Street, St. Clairsville.
Since 1995, CIFT has provided a unique blend of business solutions, innovation, and technical expertise to the agricultural, food processing, and manufacturing sectors. These services are designed to enhance the economic performance of the industries and create new jobs. CIFT has worked with hundreds of growers, food companies, equipment suppliers, service providers, university researchers, governmental agencies, legislators, general manufacturers, and many more. As a result, many new technologies have emerged, industry best practices have been established, and novel business approaches have been discovered. Through an industry-driven methodology, businesses have benefited throughout Ohio and beyond.
The speaker, Michael Stermock, will present growers and food processors an overview of CIFT’s statewide services to these agribusiness groups. “I also would like to sound out attendees on their current concerns so that I can continue to expand and tailor our services to meet their needs,” Stermock explained.
Topics he plans to cover that may be of interest to some growers are:
- CIFT’s outreach activities
- The Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen (NOCK) and plans for expansion
- Income enhancement initiatives
- Identification of new crops and technologies
- Market research
- Exploration of new markets
- Access to experts (agricultural scientists and researchers) from the Agricultural Research Service of the USDA
- Energy audits
Topics he will cover that may be of interest to producers include:
- Facilities layout
- Lean analysis
- Food safety consulting and training
- Process authority assistance
- Nutritional analysis
- Challenge study assistance
- Technology commercialization
- Research and development
As space is limited. Please RSVP to the CIC by Oct. 22 by calling 740-695-9678 or emailing [email protected].