Completed Project Report


Tools for Managing and Mitigating Risks in Produce and Preserved Products using a Multidisciplinary Workshop Focused on Food Safety, Financial Recordkeeping, Business Practices and Strategies for Mississippi Producers and Processors

  • Award Amount: $48,922
  • Regional Center: Southern Extension Risk Management Education Center
  • Grant Program: 2017 Education Projects
  • Project Director: Courtney Crist
  • Email: cac400@msstate.edu
  • Organization: Mississippi State University

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Project Overview

This multidisciplinary project addressed food safety and business development for Mississippi stakeholders including limited resource producers, beginning farmers, small farms and ranches. The project aim was to reduce accidental contamination of food products, develop business skills, marketing strategies, and financial recordkeeping for agribusinesses to mitigate financial, marketing, and legal risks. Five workshops (n=72 participants total) were held in Mississippi. Participants evaluated their change in knowledge using a Likert scale pre- and post-workshop (1=Very Little...5=Very much). On average across topics, participants had “Little” knowledge before the workshop and “Much” knowledge after the workshop (n=59; 82% response rate). Using a Wilcoxon signed-rank test to evaluate change in knowledge perception, participants had knowledge gains (p<0.01) indicating workshop effectiveness. Financially, 46% of the attendees indicated that they expect the practices they were going to adopt as a result of the workshops to save them money. Fifty-nine percent also indicated that practice adoption would result in higher sales, approximately 38% higher on average. A six-month follow-up online survey was emailed to participants to assess practice implementation. Of the respondents, 77-91% have adopted (to different degrees) practices. Fourteen of the respondents (61%) indicated that implementing practices has resulted in cost reductions and/or an increase in sales.

Number of Participants: 102

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