Rural Food Business Toolkit now available

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Sandra Renner,, 402.320.3444
Rhea Landholm,, 402.687.2100 ext 1025

Lyons, NE - The Center for Rural Affairs recently released the Rural Food Business Toolkit, a booklet that provides resources to help rural food businesses succeed.

The sections of this toolkit address steps throughout the supply chain that get products into consumers’ hands, such as the processes for licensing and distribution. The resources are primarily intended for value-added food processing business owners and are also useful for commercial kitchen operators, farmers and distributors.

“This toolkit addresses needs identified by rural food entrepreneurs who participated in our Rural Food Business Growth project in northeast Nebraska,” said Sandra Renner, project specialist, Center for Rural Affairs. “This resource will be helpful to any rural food business, processor or anyone with an interest in great food and local businesses.”

To view or download a copy of the Rural Food Business Toolkit, go to

In addition to the toolkit, the Center created a helpline for growers, processors and food business owners to contact for assistance. If you’re an individual or business in need of support, contact the helpline by email or call 402.320.3444 to start a conversation.

This toolkit was made possible with support from a United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Business Development Grant.

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