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What Should I Be? An Operator’s Guide to Food Hub Structure
This presentation discusses the different business structures available to food hub operators and their effects on operations, such as tax liability, capital acquisition, risk management, and growth opportunities. The wide variety of structures through which a hub can organize under include multiple tax designations, legal structures, and operational models, leading to a system in which businesses can pick and choose organizational structures which best suit their needs and situation.

Presentor: James Matson
Presented at the 2016 National Good Food Network Conference
Atlanta, Georgia. March, 2016.


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From Barley to Beer: A Guide for On Farm Brewing
This presentation looks at the growing craft brewing industry and gives an overview to some of the main factors needed in starting up a small brewing company. Information such as malting practices, industry overview, startup processes, and financial expectations are included to provide a guideline to the beginner small brewer.

Presentor: James Matson
Presented at the 2016 National Small Farm Conference
Virginia Beach, Virginia. September 20-22, 2016.


 

What Intermediate Food Buyers Are Looking For
This presentation discusses the different factors which food buyers look for from potential suppliers. This information is key to producers who are looking to grow their buyer base, or new growers who need to know what to do to attract larger scale buyers.

Moderator: Martin Eubanks, SCDA
Presentor: James Matson
Presented at the 2016 SC AgriBiz and Farm Expo
Florence, South Carolina. January 14, 2016.


 

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Federal Grants: What to do?
In this presentation, James Matson discusses Federal Grants and important information to keep in mind before and during an application process. By learning about the available grants and the grant process, individuals and businesses can be more prepared for what this process entails.

Moderator: Bryant Sansbury, ArborOne Farm Credit
Presentor: James Matson
Presented at the 2016 SC AgriBiz and Farm Expo
Florence, South Carolina. January 13, 2016.


Buying Local?
James Matson and Jacob Brimlow
Presented at the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association 2015 Annual Meeting
San Francisco, California. PowerPoint Presentation. July 28, 2015.


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The Million Dollar Question: What is break-even and viability for different food hub models?
In this National Good Food Network webinar, James Matson and Jim Barham explore the “magic numbers” for different food hub models reaching profitability and true viability. Hypothetical food hub models in this presentation are wholesale, retail, and hybrid models. By evaluating these hubs, you can determine how finances may change as certain parameters are adjusted.

Presenters: James Matson, Matson Consulting and Jim Barham, USDA’s Rural Development.
National Good Food Network. March 19,2015.


A Presentation on Sandhills Farm to Table Case Study
James Matson
Presented at the 16th Annual National Value-Added Agriculture Conference
Baltimore, Maryland. PowerPoint Presentation. May 14, 2014.

Wallace Center Food Hub 2014 conference

Getting the Margin to Meet the Mission Audio
The audio clip above features a plenary session that held in Raleigh, NC on March 27. The session focuses on food hub viability and presents a panel of food hub operators and consultants who discuss the operarting strategies of food hubs and how increasing financial viability can make their desired community impact become a reality that can be sustained in the coming years.

Moderater: Gary Matteson, Farm Credit Council
Presenters: Sarah Lloyd (Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative), Sean Buchanan (Black River Produce), Tony Serrano (ALBA Organics), Kathy Nyquist (New Venture Advisors), Jim Matson (Matson Consulting), and Jim Slama (FamilyFarmed.org)
NGFN Food Hub Collaboration Spring 2014 Conference. March 2014.


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Multi-Stakeholder Benefits and Opportunities Audio
The audio clip above is from the Multi-Stakeholder Benefits and Opportunities workshop that was held in Raleigh, NC on March 28. It features a panel of food hub operators who discuss the challenges, incentive structures, and the information flow associated with multi-stakeholder food hubs.

Moderater: James Matson
Panelists: Laura Theis (Idaho’s Bounty Co-op), Diane Chapeta (Fifth Season Co-op), Sandi Kronick (Eastern Carolina Organics), and Steve Peters (Sandhills Farm to Table)
NGFN Food Hub Collaboration Spring 2014 Conference. March 2014.


James Matson & Micaela Fischer
Presented at the NGFN Food Hub Collaboration Spring 2014 Conference.
Raleigh, NC. Powerpoint Presentation. March 27, 2014.


Case Study for a Small Farm Cidery
Joan Walker
Presented at the Third International Conference on Food Studies.
Austin, Texas. Powerpoint Presentation. October 16, 2013.


Food Hubs: Supply Chain Traceability to Enhance Rural Sustainability
James Matson and Jeremiah Thayer
Presented at the Third International Conference on Food Studies.
Austin, Texas. Powerpoint Presentation. October 16, 2013.

“Pricing Your Product: Setting the Sale Price”
James Matson
Presented at the 2012 Local Foods Network Workshop: “Taking the Product to Market”.
Spencer, Virginia. PowerPoint Presentation. October 2012.


 

Food Hubs: Issues, Opportunities, and Propositions for Practitioners
James Matson and Richard Heiens
Presented at the International Management Development Association’s Twenty-First  Annual World Business Congress.
Helsinki, Finland. PowerPoint Presentation. July 2012.