Courses developed for the Local Food System Economies (LFSE) program aim to increase awareness of how local food businesses can grow by using online marketing strategies to connect with more consumers. Also, some courses provide an overview of the LFSE in Mississippi. 

Courses available include:

  • A Roadmap to Online Marketing Success for Local Food Businesses (1 hour)
  • Building a Local Food Business Brand Using Social Media and Websites (2 hours)

  • The Economics of Local Food System Economies in Mississippi (4 hours)

  • Facebook Marketing for Local Food Businesses (2 hours)

  • Instagram Marketing for Local Food Businesses (1 hour)

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Close up of tomatoes and yellow squash in farmers market baskets.
Filed Under: Local Flavor, Farmers Markets, Local Food System Economies, Marketing and Business Planning, Community, Small Business January 25, 2023

POPLARVILLE, Miss. -- Current and prospective market vendors can learn valuable marketing skills in a Feb. 9 workshop in Poplarville. Farmers Market Vendor Workshop: Boosting Your Revenue will teach participants valuable skills to help them increase sales. The workshop is open to vendors who sell at festivals, farmers markets and other similar venues.

Passion fruit grown on a vine.
Filed Under: Agriculture, Commercial Horticulture, Fruit, Local Flavor, Farmers Markets, Local Food System Economies, Marketing and Business Planning, Specialty Crop Production May 27, 2022

The U.S. passion fruit industry is small, but a team of researchers want to help it grow through a grant awarded to Mississippi State University. Eric Stafne, fruit and nut specialist with the MSU Extension Service, is leading a research project aimed at gathering input from growers, marketers, consumers and buyers. The research team wants to better understand the current industry and its future direction.

Frozen food at shelves in cold warehouse
Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Beef, Local Food System Economies March 24, 2022

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Two years have passed since the first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the U.S., but problems the virus caused in the country’s grocery supply chain could remain well into 2022, which will likely mean higher beef prices for consumers.

Josh Maples, an agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said labor reductions caused beef shortages, which have increased the price of this commodity across the country.

Rows of canning jars line a table at an open-air marketplace.
Filed Under: Agricultural Economics, Agri-business, Local Food System Economies, Food and Health, Food September 11, 2020

Cottage food laws enacted to allow new entrepreneurs to start small-scale food businesses in their homes were updated recently to stay current with the business climate.

Filed Under: Agri-business, Agri-tourism, Local Food System Economies August 14, 2020

The Mississippi State University Extension Service will start rolling out tips Monday to help agritourism farms adapt when they face market losses as COVID-19 changed the way schools are operating and how group events are being held this year.

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Red potatoes in a biodegradable basket are flanked on either side by green snap beans.
Agri-tourism, Culinary Tourism, Farmers Markets, Local Food System Economies, Economic Development, Rural Development, Food, Health, Nutrition, Rural Health, Vegetable Gardens
Volume 4 Number 2

From the youngest to the oldest generations, thousands of people are visiting, shopping, and enjoying themselves at the Hernando Farmers’ Market, held Saturdays on the historic DeSoto County Courthouse lawn.

The market has more than just fresh produce. It connects the community by uniting the shoppers, producers, and artisans who come.

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Portrait of Dr. James Newton Barnes
Associate Extension Professor