Agricultural Innovations is an RCBI initiative to improve opportunities for the farming and agricultural economy across West Virginia. The initiative involves realizing a vision of supporting and enhancing a vibrant local foods system powered by entrepreneurship and innovation.
To achieve this goal, RCBI supports agricultural innovation that helps resolve logistical challenges in the local food supply chain. Additionally, RCBI helps producers, distributors and buyers expand their network through advanced manufacturing practices and product discovery. Agricultural Innovations is funded through a partnership with the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.
If you have an idea that will improve opportunities for the farming and agricultural economy across West Virginia, this early stage funding opportunity is for you. Funding from RCBI Agricultural Innovations initiative will help you take your innovative idea from concept to reality.
Click here to submit your idea and let us determine whether we can help turn it into a commercial opportunity.
West Virginia Food Hub Feasibility Assessment
West Virginia has made great strides in redeveloping the local food economy over the past decade
Locally grown food is now available in most counties and currently more than 25 food hub and aggregation projects are devoted to connecting West Virginia products to consumers. A question that remains concerns ways to support partnerships within the existing food infrastructure. Another concerns opportunities in creating potential consortia and efficiencies in local food distribution.
A new feasibility study builds on existing research to provide an overview of inter-food-hub and distributor relationships. The results identify communities in West Virginia that show high probability for success in ongoing and future local food development efforts.
The full study is available here.