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Adding Value to Your Harvest for Year Round Income

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Adding Value to Your Harvest for Year Round Income

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 11:00AM-12:00PM EST

Laurette Tucker, a Rural Business Specialist at USDA's Rural Development
Coley Drinkwater, a Managing Member of Richlands Creamery, LLC


With shifts in the value chain due to COVID-19, many farmers are looking for ways to make their product shelf stable. This webinar will explore processes, experiences, resources, and support for farmers interested in determining the feasibility of making value added products from their farm. We will hear from Laurette Tucker, a rural business specialist at Rural Development, and Coley Jones, a managing member of Richlands Creamery, who has gone through the Value Added Producer Program to create value added products on her farm.

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Program Sponsors

The Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition is a state-wide and coalition-based Extension program, housed in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education. Funding was sponsored by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Award #2023-49400-40885. For more information about the program, contact Katie Trozzo, Program Coordinator, at or (540) 232-2233. For other questions, contact Kim Niewolny, Program Director, at

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