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Benefits and Challenges of On-Farm Processing

By February 13, 2013

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On-farm processing is one of those issues you should very carefully consider before you jump in head first. Processing goods on your farm, including cooking, baking, curing, heating, canning, drying, mixing, grinding, churning, separating, extracting, slaughtering, cutting, fermenting, distilling, preserving, dehydrating and freezing can add value to your goods and possible increase sales overall, but not without some challenges.

For one thing, if you process on-farm, you'll almost certainly need to be certified as both a producer and a handler, which is a lot of extra work in itself. Secondly the costs of getting started with processing can be substantial.

Before you launch any on-farm processing, be sure to learn more about the pros and cons by reading: Benefits and Challenges of On-Farm Processing.


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