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September 1, 2021

Wisdom from a Woman

"Have no fear of perfection; you'll never reach it."
- Marie Curie
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About This Issue
Women Farmers & Ranchers on the Rise
Get the Facts About Idaho Women in Ag
Webinars for Idaho Women in Ag
Sit Down & Take 5
Q & A Corner
About This Issue
The September issue of the Idaho Women in Ag newsletter is jam-packed with information and resources about specialty foods!

What is a specialty food? Specialty foods are unique foods made from high-quality ingredients that are often locally or regionally sourced. From huckleberry jam and fresh baked goods, to top-secret family recipe spice blends and sauces, Idaho has specialty foods that are hard to beat. Whether your business is brand new or many years old, this edition of the newsletter has resources, recorded webinars, and publications designed to support the success of your specialty food business at all its stages.

What is your favorite specialty food from your part of the state?
Women Farmers &
Ranchers on the Rise
What You Need to Know about Idaho's Farm and Ranch Women and the Census of Agriculture

Every five years the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) conducts a complete count of farms and ranches and the people who operate them, known as the Census of Agriculture. Operations large and small, urban and rural, growing or raising a variety of products with $1,000 or more in annual sales can participate in the census and provide information about land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, and income and expenditures. The USDA believes that "for America's farmers and ranchers, the Census of Agriculture is their voice, their future, and their opportunity."

So, what can the Census of Agriculture tell us about
Idaho's farm and ranch women?


This data offers us opportunities to have a better picture of agriculture in our county and country, but only if we know where to look for it and how to understand what we’re seeing. Dr. Katherine Dentzman and Dr. Ryanne Pilgeram, members of the Women Farmers and Ranchers on the Rise project team, prepared this webinar as a step-by-step guide for how to access and begin to understand the huge amount of data available from the Census of Agriculture and its implications for women in agriculture.
Click here to access the presentation slides
Accessing, Understanding, and Using Data
from the USDA's Census of Agriculture

Presenters: Dr. Katherine Dentzman and Dr. Ryanne Pilgeram
University of Idaho Extension
Make Sure Your Farm or Ranch Counts!
Are you signed up to receive the 2022 Census of Agriculture?
The USDA wants to know about all different types of agricultural
operations of all different sizes.
Click here to fill out the Census of Ag form
Get the Facts About Idaho's
Women in Agriculture
Webinars for
Idaho Women in Ag
Helping Your Specialty Food Business Find Its Customers

Dig into online marketing with Emily Black, farmer and owner of Lone Mountain Farms and Cultivating Your Market! Learn strategies for reaching customers online and marketing methods that will keep your customers coming back for more.
Webinar Spotlight:
4 Strategies for Reaching Your Customers Online
Presenter: Emily Black
Lone Mountain Farms & Cultivating Your Market
Webinar Spotlight:
3 Step Marketing Method to Keep Customers Flowing In
Presenter: Emily Black
Lone Mountains Farms & Cultivating Your Market
Find presentation slides, related handouts, and other marketing recorded webinars here: 
https://www.cultivatingsuccess.org/marketing-webinars
Sit Down & Take 5
This is your go-to place for learning about the educational programs and projects for women in Idaho and beyond.
Photo Credit: Snacktivist Foods Facebook page
September's feature is:

The Female Farmer Project Podcast's
Specialty Food Business Success Stories

"The Female Farmer Project is a multi-platform documentary project that chronicles the rise of women working in agriculture around the world. From in-depth stories, personal essays, photographic portraits, and a podcast, the project gives a powerful voice to the fastest growing demographic in agriculture."

Explore Specialty Food Business Success Stories in these featured episodes of the Female Farmer Project Podcast!
Farm Enterprise: Lentils, Wheat and School Fundraisers
Shauna Farver of Farver Farms paints us a picture of her rural life and shares her fascinating farm enterprise where she took a commodity farm product, wheat and lentils, and turned it into a local food value-add product. Now her product is sold all over Montana and has a unique marketing model you want to know about.
Click here to listen to the full episode
A path of purpose, the story of Earthkind with Kari Warberg Block
Kari Warberg-Block is a female farmer and mother that was once on food stamps. She now is among the most successful business women in the United States. She started her company with nothing more than a package of garden seeds and a vision. Her $20 million dollar company, EarthKind began from her kitchen table, she sold her first products at her local farmers market and now she’s on shelves in every town. Come learn about her journey, her thoughts on leadership and how she leads her company with purpose.
Click here to listen to the full episode
Mental Wellness for Farmers with Alana DiPesa
Female Farmers can suffer from isolation, hard physical labor, numerous things that are out of their control like markets, weather and a global pandemic. For many women – there is also the invisible unpaid labor that often comes in the shape of domestic duties and mothering. In this conversation with psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, and farmer Alana DiPesa we tackle the shame and stigma around mental health for farmers and farmworkers. Alana shares resources, best practices, and her specific knowledge about mental health issues for those who work in agriculture.

Click here to listen to the full episode
Q & A Corner
Welcome to the Q & A Corner
Do you have a question you haven't been able to answer?
Are you looking for information or resources about a topic?
We can help with that!


Click here to submit a question
A farmer asked:
How do I start a new specialty food business in Idaho?

Here is the answer:
There are so many great opportunities for specialty food businesses in Idaho! A few questions that you might want to ask yourself when considering starting a new specialty food business are: what product do you want to sell? how will you price your product? how will you package and label your product? The Idaho State Department of Agriculture has created a comprehensive guide for specialty food producers to help answer these important questions and many others!
Starting a Specialty Food Business in Idaho
A Comprehensive Guide for
Idaho Specialty Food Processors
2018 Edition
Click here to read the full publication
Watch this short Idaho Preferred video to learn how Brett Stevenson at Hillside Grain in Bellevue, Idaho is making her vision for healthier, tastier, fresh-milled flour a reality.

"Idaho Preferred is a program to identify and promote food and agricultural products grown, raised, or process in the Gem State. Administered by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, the program showcases the quality, diversity, and availability of Idaho food and agricultural products and helps Idaho consumers find local products." 
Hillside Grain - Bellevue, ID
Idaho Preferred
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