Value-added agriculture usually refers to food processing by a farmer or rancher. Farmers and ranchers who also process their fruits, vegetables, or animal products can create an additional marketing and revenue stream for their business.
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- Food Industry Assistance
Information and advice about manufacturing options, labeling, regulations and sanitation from the University of California Food Safety site.
- Safe Methods for Canning Vegetables (PDF)
An 11-page publication by Linda Harris, Food Safety Extension Specialist at UC Davis, with directions for canning vegetables.
- National Center for Home Food Preservation
Website includes information on how to can, freeze, dry, cure, smoke, ferment, pickle, and make jams. Hosted by University of Georgia.
- Resources for Small Food Processors & Potential Entreprenuers
Resources for starting an added-value food business, from Pennsylvania State University.
- Food Entrepreneur Resource Center
Advice for starting a specialty foods business, from Cornell University.
- Value Added Agriculture: Is It Right for Me?
Article on entering the value-added industry, from the University of Florida IFAS.