One of the first things you should do when considering a value-added business is to decide on the products you want to create, the implications of creating these products, and the steps involved in beginning the business. These steps will vary depending on your skills and your location and which overseeing agency you will need to work with. The National Sustainable Agriculture Assistance Program's publication; Adding Value to Farm products: An Overview is a good place to begin.
The University of Tennessee's Center for Profitable Agriculture has many resources for you to review to better understand the value-added process and suggests some products you may choose to consider.
Wholesale producers continue to receive a smaller portion of the consumer dollar for their production. This Michigan State University article explains how you may capture a larger percentage of that consumer dollar.
The Penn State Extension's Food for Profit program will inform new food entrepreneurs how to navigate the local and Commonwealth regulations and the risk management steps that should be observed when adding value to create a food product. The day-long program is offered in many places throughout Pennsylvania each year.
The United States Department of Agriculture has a list of resources you should review when considering a new value-added venture. The information included contains topics and articles from several Universities with information covering a value-added enterprise.
Before beginning any value-added enterprise, review the information contained in this article. Most producers know how to grow their products however, adding value will require a new set of skills and regulations you will be required to follow.