The Collective Expands Partnership with USDA

The North State Planning and Development Collective (NSPDC) has been awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Services (AMS), Farmer's Market Promotion Program (FMPP) to provide comprehensive training and networking opportunities to assist agricultural producers and food manufacturers operating in Northern California. Only 27 percent of the applications received were funded this year. The NSPDC will engage experts to supply this technical assistance paired with their own marketing, data and economic analysis expertise. Glenn County will be the hub for the location of the trainings and will be open to those businesses that are interested from around the North State region.

Through this partnership with USDA, the NSPDC will work with a group of successful and seasoned businesses to serve as a mentoring network to early-state businesses in these sectors. The network will provide expert advice, share best practices and identify other resources for the purposes of guiding the local food producers, growers and manufacturers.   The final product of this proposal is to facilitate a feasibility study for a co-packing facility within the region. Many of our local businesses have expressed the need for a more centralized location for a co-packing facility. This study will assess the viability and sustainability of one.   

More information will be provided by the NSPDC of all activities related to this partnership with USDA over the upcoming months. For more information, please feel free to contact Courtney Farrell at cafarrell@csuchico.edu.