SDSPA is seeking producers interested in aggregation. This could potentially bring producers together to create a larger and more consistent supply for institutions and other markets through collaboration. SDSPA intends to host regional meetings with interested producers over the fall/winter season of 2022-2023. Learn more.
Aggregation can build a healthy local food system by allowing producers to pool their time, knowledge, and products to provide a larger and more consistent supply for consumers. This resource guide is designed to help specialty crop producers who are exploring, or getting started in, food aggregation. We hope that producers and community organizers can use this guide to begin to conceptualize and create a successful aggregation system in their community.
South Dakota’s Dept. of Agriculture and Natural Resources has signed a Local Food Purchase Assistance cooperative agreement with the USDA, allowing for the procurement and delivery of locally grown food to South Dakotans in need, and to provide a market opportunity to South Dakota producers. Through this system, producers will be paid a fair rate for their product, which will then be distributed through the Feeding South Dakota network. The program runs through June 2024.
Direct Marketing: Selling to Institutions, University of Wisconsin Extension
Aggregation Resources, SDSPA
Food Safety Resources, SDSPA