MarketMaker is a comprehensive, interactive database that connects food producers to new and economically viable markets, and promotes the development of quality driven food supply chains. MarketMaker is a collaboration between the University Of Illinois Extension, the Initiative for the Development of Entrepreneurs in Agriculture, the Illinois Department of Agriculture, and Illinois Council on Food and Agricultural Research (C-FAR).
By registering their businesses, food producers and marketers can take part in a "Buy and Sell Forum" that includes diary produce, fruit and vegetables, grains, meat, and other food commodities, as well as services and transportation.
The program has grown rapidly. A team from the University of Illinois Extension first created MarketMaker in 2004 and continues to host and maintain the program, but MarketMaker is now a partnership of land-grant institutions and State Departments of Agriculture in ten states, and is supported by a range of organizations, including CFAR, the National Ag Marketing Resource Center, and the Leopold Center.
For information about becoming part of the National MarketMaker Partnership please contact Darlene Knipe or Richard Knipe, or call (309) 792-2500.
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