Nevada female farmers, entrepreneurs sought for accelerator program

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The Nevada Department of Agriculture and National Association of State Departments of Agriculture are seeking participants for a Farm2Food accelerator program, kicking off this November.

“This workforce development program is designed to help Nevada women farmers and entrepreneurs with food or beverage products or product ideas expand into new markets,” according to a Sept. 30 press release. “The Accelerator focuses on supporting women farmers who grow specialty crops for a value-added food or beverage product or those who source specialty crop ingredients in the products they make.”

Selected participants will join women from Oregon and Washington for a free 15-week online program, thanks to funds through the Nevada Specialty Crop Block Grant program.

The program will provide women with the opportunity to:

Gain knowledge and tools related to food safety, product development and marketing.
Connect with a community of women farmers, food entrepreneurs and food experts to exchange ideas and meet peers in other states.
Launch a new food or beverage product or enhance an existing product.

“This is a great opportunity for Nevada producers and entrepreneurs,” NDA Agricultural Literacy Coordinator Amber Smyer said in a statement. “This program will support women in small-scale businesses to grow their operations, develop new business strategies and increase their chance of success.”

Interested individuals may apply for the program at; applications close Oct. 15.


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