The farmer-owned and -operated food hub will work with the Heartland Regional Food Business Center to strengthen regional food system logistics and assist Kansas and Missouri farmers with retail and wholesale business development and marketing.
Faculty and students in logistics and supply chain management at UNO will evaluate existing infrastructure in the five-state region and help develop strategies for expanding local and regional food aggregation, processing, and distribution.
The Missouri Farmers Union will assist the Heartland Regional Food Business Center with educational events focused on new markets, quality food production, and working with processors, wholesalers, and distributors.
A project of Kansas Farm Bureau, Shop Kansas Farms markets farm and food products from the state and will provide business development assistance in Kansas as part of the Heartland Regional Food Business Center.
This state agency is charged with helping to grow the market for local farm producers and food businesses and will assist entrepreneurs in learning about and connecting with opportunities, such as farm to school.
As a part of University of Missouri Extension, MAFFIC provides Missouri value-added food businesses with assistance in business planning and startup, product and process development, financial analysis, marketing, and referrals.