Grants Workshops for Food and Farming Businesses during the 2-Day, in-Person FEED Summit in Green Bay!

UW-Madison Division of Extension Community Food Systems Program is partnering with North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) to provide two grants workshops during the conference. Speakers from several programs will share their grant expertise at the 2-day summit for Wisconsin food and farming entrepreneurs. The 2023 FEED Summit will be held in-person on November 13-14, 2023, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This year’s theme is: ADDING VALUE to Your Food or Farming Business!

The Community Food Systems Program’s Food Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development (FEED) Initiative is a statewide program of UW-Madison Extension that promotes food entrepreneurship training and network development for value-added producers and aspiring and small-scale food business operators. UW-Madison Extension’s outreach creates key connection points for families, communities, businesses, non-profit organizations, government, and more. Extension supports local volunteers and leaders to take action and serve as role models in their communities. Extension has a presence in every county in Wisconsin and in partnership with First Nations to make sure Wisconsinites have the latest research, best practices, and educational opportunities. 

North Central Region SARE (NCR-SARE) is one of four regional offices that run the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, a nationwide grants and education program to advance sustainable innovation to American agriculture. North Central SARE strengthens communities, increases producers’ economic viability, and improves the environment through grants and education.

NCR-SARE offers competitive grants and educational opportunities for producers, scientists, educators, institutions, organizations and others exploring sustainable agriculture in America’s Midwest. NCR-SARE has awarded more than $40 million worth of competitive grants to farmers and ranchers, researchers, educators, public and private institutions, nonprofit groups, and others exploring sustainable agriculture in 12 states.

Diane Mayerfeld, who runs the SARE professional development program and organizes  grants workshops for farmers and food entrepreneurs in Wisconsin, states, “After a few years of conducting only online trainings, I’m happy to organize a Grants Workshop as part of an in-person event again. The FEED Summit is the perfect place to bring this excellent educational resource to early entrepreneurs who are exploring ways to make their dreams a reality.” 

Thanks to sponsors like Compeer, Extension is able to offer participant registration starting at $75, increasing to $85 after September 15th. All are welcome to this learning, connecting, and promotional space to ADD VALUE to your food business!

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A limited number of scholarships are available through our partnering organizations. For additional information about the FEED Summit email Extension Community Food Systems Food Entrepreneurship Specialist Jessica Jane Spayde at


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