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Organic Processing Institute

Business Development Facilitator 2013-2015

Shortly before finishing my PhD in 2013, I moved back to my home state of Wisconsin to work with the Organic Processing Institute (OPI), a nonprofit organization helping organic farmers and food processors in the Upper Midwest and nationally with education, networking, and technical assistance.

As Business Development Facilitator, I trained food processing companies, entrepreneurs, and resource providers on issues such as USDA organic certification, labeling requirements, and ingredient sourcing; conducted program evaluations; and managed the School for Organic Processing Entrepreneurs, a 15-session course for entrepreneurs.

OPI closed its doors at the end of 2015 amid budget struggles. Our fact sheets, case studies, and other resources live on in other websites, including here.

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