James Matson is a speaker with vast experience in agricultural business development. He is a recognized expert in business planning, USDA grant programs, feasibility studies, and e-commerce as well as the emerging trend of food hubs.

His content-rich programs provide insightful sessions that provide groups with real-world usable knowledge. His high-energy folksy style permits audiences large or small to relate to, and even enjoy, the presentation.

Whether you bring James Matson to your meeting for keynotes, workshops, training seminars, or program facilitation, he will work with you to make your event memorable as well as successful.

James Matson has conducted more than 250 workshops and seminars for agricultural and bioenergy audiences. His audiences have included government officials, Farm Bureaus, and financiers as well as numerous agribusiness producer groups. As a facilitator of note, he can assist your group through the decision process of difficult issues.



  • Keys to Grant Writing
  • Grant Writing Short Courses
  • USDA Grants-VAPG, and REAP Programs
  • Federal Grants- What to Do

Feasibilty Studies

  • The Feasibility Study Process
  • Why Do a Feasibility Study
  • Hiring a Consultant


  • You Can’t Fire Your Spouse and Other Truisms of Family Run Businesses
  • Home Operated Businesses: A Survival Guide
Business Planning

  • Turn Your Idea Into a Business
  • Marketing and Business Planning Keys
  • Why Businesses Succeed
  • On Target Business Plans
  • Board of Director Training


  • Creating Your Own Internet Business
  • Internet Marketing

Local Food Systems

  • Food Hub Viability
  • Food Hubs: Supply Chain Traceability to Enhance Rural Sustainability
  • The Million Dollar Question: What is break-even and viability for different food hubs?