Women’s Farm to Food Accelerator Program

The NASDA (National Association of State Departments of Agriculture) Foundation and partners at the Oregon Department of Agriculture are developing a Women’s Farm to Food Accelerator Program to equip women farmers in Oregon with resources they need to scale up their food and beverage businesses. While a growing number of women farmers are emerging in the Pacific Northwest, their farms tend to be smaller and less profitable than those owned by men.

Despite upward trends in growth and revenue for women-owned businesses, women entrepreneurs continue to face significant challenges obtaining funding, training and business support to scale their businesses. The NASDA Foundation and the Oregon Department of Agriculture aim to bridge these gaps by launching a business competition and business accelerator program for women to help them succeed in statewide and regional markets.

Are you a woman who owns or operates a farm-based value-added food business in Oregon? We need to hear from you! Please take the NASDA Women in Agriculture Survey to tell us more about how we can help make your business successful.

The survey will be open through January 31, 2019.

Are you a woman looking for funds to grow and expand your food or beverage business? NASDA has launched a 2019 Women Farm to Food Business Competition in Oregon to help women scale up their businesses. Entrepreneurs will compete for $40,000 in start up funds.

The Women Farm to Food Business Competition opens January 1, 2019. Finalists must be able to attend the NASDA Winter Policy Conference February 26 & 27, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. Travel costs will be provided.

For more information about the NASDA Women Farm to Food Accelerator Program please contact Amy Gilroy at the Oregon Department of Agriculture: agilroy@oda.state.or.us 503-872-6600.

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