MarketMaker licensed to Riverside Research

MarketMaker licensed to Riverside Research

A roundup of agribusiness news:

URBANA — Riverside Research has signed a global licensing agreement with the University of Illinois for exclusive rights to MarketMaker, a Web-based resource designed to link farmers and producers with markets.

The MarketMaker website was created by a UI Extension team in 2004. Today it's one of the largest databases of searchable, food industry-related information in the country, linking producers and consumers in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

As the exclusive licensee, Riverside Research plans to invest in research and development to expand the site's capabilities to new markets and regions, according to a UI release.

"Riverside Research is the ideal partner for MarketMaker," said Darlene Knipe, co-founder and director of the national MarketMaker program.

She and her husband Richard Knipe, the founder and co-director of MarketMaker, will continue to direct the national MarketMaker program as employees of Riverside Research.

The program's portal, http://national.marketmaker.uiuc.edu, contains links to each of the state and District of Columbia sites.

Farm Credit gets naming rights at Lake Land

MATTOON — Mahomet-based Farm Credit Services of Illinois is committing a total of $100,000 toward agriculture education and scholarships at Lake Land College and getting naming rights to a room there.

Farm Credit has given the college's foundation a $50,000 inaugural gift for a newly established Agricultural Division Endowment, according to a Lake Land release.

Another $25,000 has been committed to establish the Farm Credit Illinois Endowment, and $5,000 a year for the next five years has been committed to the foundation.

The gifts will be used to support the college's agriculture programs and scholarships for agriculture students, said Dave Cox, director of the foundation and alumni.

In exchange for the donation, Lake Land has agreed to name Room 123 in the West Building the Farm Credit Illinois Learning Laboratory.

The naming rights will be in effect from January 2014 through December 2025,

Applications available for Beginning Farmers Institute

WASHINGTON — The National Farmers Union is accepting applications for its 2014 Beginning Farmers Institute.

The program is open to people new to farming, in the process of taking over an operation from someone else or contemplating a career in farming.

The institute includes three education sessions — one in Washington, D.C., one in Minneapolis and one at the organization's annual convention in March 2015 in Wichita, Kan.

Program topics will include business planning, tax and record keeping, estate transfers, marketing and U.S. Department of Agriculture programs.

Applications can be downloaded from the National Farmers Union website — http://www.nfu.org — and postmarked on or before Feb. 20, 2014.

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