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August 2024 Agribusiness Forum: Transforming the Food System in Ohio

August 2024 Online event.

CIFT Agribusiness Forum

August 15th, 2024 - 8:30 - 9:30 AM

"Transforming the Food System in Ohio"

Rural Action

Join us at the CIFT Agribusiness Forum, where business leaders, farmers, and supporters of agriculture come together to drive conversation and awareness for Northwest Ohio. Our August forum promises to be an enlightening session featuring an in-depth presentation on the Appalachia USDA Regional Food Business Center and its transformative approach to Ohio’s food system.

August Presentation:

Join us to explore how the Appalachia USDA Regional Food Business Center is transforming the food system in Ohio with a comprehensive and innovative approach. Here’s what you can look forward to learning about:


  • These Centers serve as regional hubs, coordinating efforts across geographic areas and working closely with the USDA, other federal, state, and tribal agencies, regional commissions, and other Regional Food Centers.
  • They focus on reaching out to underinvested communities and businesses, ensuring everyone gets a seat at the table.

Technical Assistance:

  • The Centers provide hands-on business technical assistance to small- and mid-sized food and farm businesses. Whether you’re a producer, processor, distributor, or part of the food supply chain, there’s support available to help you succeed.
  • They also work on improving food value and supply chain coordination, making the whole process smoother and more efficient.

Capacity Building:

  • Financial assistance is available through Business Builder Subawards, with grants up to $100,000. These funds are designed to help businesses grow and tackle emerging regional needs.
  • The Centers support projects that focus on expanding mid-tier food businesses and other investments that drive growth and innovation in the industry.

Come and learn how these efforts are making a difference, and how you can benefit from the resources and support offered by the Appalachia USDA Regional Food Business Center.


Paul Freedman
Director, Appalachia Regional Food Business Center

Paul brings a wealth of experience in land use policy, zoning, and planning from his tenure with the City of Columbus, Ohio. He has developed area plans, implemented strategies, and coordinated various development projects. Paul’s extensive background includes managing the Floodplain Management Program, developing legislative language, and conducting public meetings. His expertise will provide valuable insights into the initiatives and impact of the Appalachia USDA Regional Food Business Center.



This is a event is free to attend, but registration is required to attend.