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Edible Alpha Podcast Episode #17 – The Capital Conundrum of Rural Economic Development

Edible Alpha Podcast Episode #17 – The Capital Conundrum of Rural Economic Development

In Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #17, Tera talks with Sam Rikkers, former Administrator of the Rural Business Cooperative Service at the USDA. Sam talks about how the USDA’s programs serve not just agricultural producers but also rural businesses and rural people more broadly since farmers need strong small-town economies, institutions and infrastructure. And, many of the […]

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Edible Alpha Podcast Episode #16 – Midwestern BioAg and The Business of Biological Farming

Edible Alpha Podcast Episode #16 – Midwestern BioAg and The Business of Biological Farming

In Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #16, Tera talks with Leilani Zimmer-Durand. Leilani is Vice President of Education Initiatives at Midwestern BioAg, a company that provides farmers with consulting and products (mostly inputs) that help their farm’s yields, resiliency and profitability by using biological farming methods. Biological farming is treating your farm like an ecosystem and preserving […]

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Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #15 – New Product Development and Rollouts For National Food and Beverage Brands: A Process

Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #15 – New Product Development and Rollouts For National Food and Beverage Brands: A Process

In Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #15, Tera talks with Brad Rostowfske, the Director of Industry Growth at FaB Wisconsin, the state’s food and beverage industry cluster organization. Brad worked at Oscar Meyer, Palermo’s and other companies in engineering new and existing food manufacturing plants before helping those companies develop new products in line with their brand […]

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Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #14 – Shared-Use Kitchens And Their Tenants: A Shared Path to Financial Sustainability

Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #14 – Shared-Use Kitchens And Their Tenants: A Shared Path to Financial Sustainability

In Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #14, Tera talks with Adam Haen of FEED Kitchens, a shared-use kitchen that also serves as a business incubator for food businesses like small-batch bakers, sauce makers, caterers and food carts. They have 5 kitchens, including: a training kitchen, a specialty/meat kitchen, a bakery, a deli, and a vegetable kitchen. In […]

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Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #13 – Considering Manufacturing In-House? Waste Can Be A Resource That Improves Your Food Business’ Bottom Line

Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #13 – Considering Manufacturing In-House? Waste Can Be A Resource That Improves Your Food Business’ Bottom Line

In Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #13, Tera talks with Travis Blomberg of WasteCap Resource Solutions about the consulting, software and other services they provide to their members and the business community to reduce, manage and capitalize on their various waste streams. WasteCap consultants encourage businesses to think of those streams as resources rather than purely waste. […]

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Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #12: How Much Is My Company Worth? Valuations With LBW Wealth

Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #12: How Much Is My Company Worth? Valuations With LBW Wealth

How much is my food company worth? Both entrepreneurs and investors often struggle as they try to answer this question. In Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #12, Tera talks with Timothy Bickmore and Nathaniel Leach of LBW Wealth Management. LBW Wealth Management is an investment advisory firm that uses a value investing strategy to guide their investment […]

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Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #11: SBA 504 Loans with Diane Byler of WBD

Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #11: SBA 504 Loans with Diane Byler of WBD

In Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #11, Tera talks with Diane Byler of WBD about SBA 504 Loans. An SBA 504 loan is a special product that can only be offered by a Certified Development Company (CDC) like WBD in partnership with a local lender. The 504 loan is designed to help small businesses grow and create […]

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Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #10: Food Hubs with Tara Roberts-Turner of the Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative

Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #10: Food Hubs with Tara Roberts-Turner of the Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative

In Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #10, Tera talks with Tara Roberts-Turner, General Manager of the Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative about what it takes to run a food hub. The Wisconsin Farmers Union and 7 farmers started the Hub with the core belief that the best way to get the Hub off the ground was to include […]

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Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #9: Farm Credit With Paul Dietmann of Badgerland Financial

Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #9: Farm Credit With Paul Dietmann of Badgerland Financial

In Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #9, Tera talks with Paul Dietmann of Badgerland Financial about the Farm Credit system and opportunities for farmers to access the financing they need. The Farm Credit system consists of a farmer owned, farmer led co-ops which primarily lend to farmers and any agriculture producers anywhere in all 50 U.S. states […]

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Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #8, Part 2: Black Earth Meats Evolves Into Conscious Carnivore

Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #8, Part 2: Black Earth Meats Evolves Into Conscious Carnivore

In Edible-Alpha™ Podcast Episode #8, Part 2, Tera talks with Bartlett Durand of Conscious Carnivore, a whole animal butcher shop in Madison, WI. Bartlett talks about how Black Earth Meats (Black Earth, Wisconsin) evolved into Conscious Carnivore.  This quote is posted for the benefit of all involved: “We honor these animals, because by their death, […]

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