The Value-added Microprocessor Project

Project Overview

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2004: $94,228.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2006
Region: Southern
State: Kentucky
Principal Investigator:
Sandra Bastin
University of Kentucky

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: corn, peanuts
  • Fruits: melons, apples, apricots, berries (other), cherries, grapes, peaches, pears, plums, quinces, berries (strawberries)
  • Nuts: walnuts
  • Vegetables: asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, cucurbits, garlic, greens (leafy), onions, parsnips, peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes, turnips
  • Additional Plants: herbs
  • Miscellaneous: mushrooms


  • Education and Training: extension, farmer to farmer, mentoring
  • Farm Business Management: marketing management, market study, value added
  • Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities, partnerships, public participation, employment opportunities, social networks, sustainability measures

    Proposal abstract:

    One of Kentucky’s long-term goals for sustainable agriculture growth is to assist farmers in adding value to farm products, including fruits and vegetables. Kentucky legislature passed a farmer-driven bill that allows farmers to process value-added products from the home kitchen instead of having to build an expensive certified kitchen. In order to sell low acid and acidified food products, farmers must attend a Home-based Microprocessor Workshop. As a result of this project training and offerings, farmers will produce safe value-added products that increase economic returns, strengthen the community farm-to-table link, and save valuable natural resources. As Kentucky agriculture moves from a commodity driven to a product driven state, it is imperative that Cooperative Extension Agents be offered research-based information to address the complex issues of value-added food product development and marketing.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    The Value-Added Microprocessor Project has three main objectives: Train Kentucky Cooperative Extension Agents, Health Inspectors, Area Food Manufacturing Inspectors, Department of Agriculture personnel, and Farm Mentors the technical knowledge and skills needed to provide Home-based Microprocessor Workshops to Kentucky farmers; Establish a Better Process Control School at the University of Kentucky Value-Added Processing Incubator; and Establish specialized value-added courses to provide additional agricultural sustainability.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.