CASH-CROPS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 4645
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1986
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
The Southern Oregon
1305 Vista Drive, Grants Pass, OR, 97527
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 () -
Business Contact
 Richard A. Miller
Phone: () -
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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