Unique agriculture projects to help Ohio farmers grow business

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TOLEDO, Ohio – The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) is offering informative sessions throughout the state to help Ohio farm businesses grow.

Specialty crop growers and agricultural professionals are encouraged to attend.

Grant projects

Experts will discuss these specialty crop block grant projects:

  • Food safety data management tools: Keeping records is the key to good agricultural practices (also known as GAP) and other audits. Different methods will be compared, including a system that uses smartphone or tablet.
  • Edamame production and marketing in Ohio: Can edamame be a profitable crop? Growers can learn to raise and sell this flavorful soybean cousin.
  • Dehydrated fruit and vegetable production/marketing: Dehydration provides a use for B grade produce, and can extend a produce season. Dehydration methods, packaging and marketing past the fresh season will be discussed.


Dates and locations of the sessions are:

10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Mar. 2 at Agricultural Incubator Foundation; 13737 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402;

10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Mar. 3 at The Ohio State University South Centers; 1864 Shyville Rd., Piketon, Ohio 45661;

10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Mar. 10 at Ohio Department of Agriculture; 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068;

1:30 p.m.- 3 p.m. Mar. 11 at Wilmington College Academic Farm; 1590 Fife Ave., Wilmington, Ohio 45177.

These sessions are supported by the Ohio Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, and financed in part through a grant from the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

To register for a free session visit ciftinnovation.org.


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  1. A good start would be to get the ODA Food Safety Division out of traditional artisan wineries. Duplicate licensing and regulation in Ohio is too much superfluous nonsense. Wine has no history of food safety issues and kills human pathogens. Other products like honey and maple syrup have exemptions, why doesn’t wine?


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