CASH-CROPS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1986
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
4645
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
The Southern Oregon
1305 Vista Drive, Grants Pass, OR, 97527
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
Richard A. Miller
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THE COLLECTION OF WILD BOTANICALS AND NON-TIBER FOREST PR PRODUCTS HAS LONG PROVIDED GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT FOR MANY LIVING IN THE RURAL SECTIONS OF THE UNITED STATES. AS A RE RESULT OF A COURSE TAUGHT ON THIS SUBJECT, A GROUP OF STUDENTS FORMED A PROFIT-SHARING COOPERATIVE TO HARVEST AND MARKET THESE CROPS. ACTING AS A MODEL FOR RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, 12 FURTHER COOPERATIVES WERE FORMED IN 8 STATES. THEY INTERFACE WITH EACH OTHER THROUGH MARKETING ANDTRUCKING. A CENTRALIZED PROCESSING FACILITY IS PROPOSED WHICH WILL STRENGTHEN MARKETING OPTIONS, PROFIT MARGINS, ANDALLOW A NUMBER OF COTTAGE INDUSTRIES TO EMERGE. IT WILL SERVE AS A MODEL FOR OTHER COMMUNITIES AND HOW THEY MIGHT ACCESS THEIR OWN NATURAL RESOURCES. A NATIONAL NEWSLETTER ALREADY EXISTS FOR EDUCATION AND INFORMATION NEEDS.

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