Value-Added Agriculture and further processing of regionally produced crops is one of many engines that drives rural growth. In the Midwest, Value-Added agriculture was the primary factor in the growth of the ethanol and biodiesel industries. These industries have had significant impacts on many rural communities throughout the Midwest.
As commodity prices increased, the focus on new Value-Added processing projects began to diminish. Many rural towns did not get to participate in the ethanol gold-rush because of inadequate corn supply or other economic reasons, but that is okay! As the U.S. begins to invest in domestic manufacturing, there are many new opportunities to further process farm commodities into higher value-products.
FBA can help assess a region and determine a value-added strategy to improve farm income and the community! FBA can assist with all types of rural development projects, benefiting both farmers and communities.