Food Economy News & Events



National Farmers Market Week: August 3-9
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 through 9, 2014, “National Farmers Market Week”. Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate our nation’s thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them. Read more here >>

Edible Startup Summit
Monday, August 25 | Memorial Union-Tripp Commons | Madison | 9am – 4pm
The Edible Startup Summit is a one day conference to provide you with the knowledge and connections to help launch your food business. Hear from successful food entrepreneurs, connect with other food professionals, and bring your questions for some great Q & A. The summit is focused on starting businesses that will sell food in retail and wholesale channels. This event is not for restaurateurs. Learn more and Register here >>

Eat Local Resource Fair
Saturday, September 6 | Urban Ecology Center (Riverside Park) | 11am – 3pm

Eat food that is good for you, the community and the planet. Stop by the fair to shop local food producers at the market; get information, tips, ideas and tools for enjoying local foods year round; take part in the new Food Book and Cookbook Exchange; or attend a workshop and cooking demo! This is a free event, though donations are accepted! Be sure to find the FEDN booth and say hi!
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Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge winners named
Top Note Tonics, bitter soda and tonic concentrates, and poSaNa organics, a line of organic, gluten free, low glycemic, cooking and baking mixes, were chosen as the winners for this year’s challenge.

FaB Milwaukee becomes FaB Wisconsin
The group formerly known as Food and Beverage Milwaukee (FaB) has changed its name to FaB Wisconsin to reflect a statewide focus as the group is now being led by the Milwaukee 7. Read more here >>


Organic growth: Businesses cash in on foodie demands
As American consumers continue to become more informed about the food they eat, more are turning to organic products, and stores, restaurants and food producers are responding to meet the demand. Read more here >>

New Crowdfunding Guidelines Announced: Only Wisconsin-based businesses can raise money through state system
The state’s crowdfunding rules took effect June 1. Under terms of the Wisconsin law, only Wisconsin-based businesses can raise money through the state’s Internet crowdfunding system. Read more here >>


For Food Startups, Incubators Help Dish Up Success
NPR’s, The Salt sheds national attention and the demand and many impacts of Kitchen Incubators. Listen & Read here >>

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