Very important info for Louisiana Blueberry growers:


The LSU AgCenter and partners would like to invite you to join a new, online direct marketing tool that can be useful to producers of differentiated food products in Louisiana. This FREE tool was created to help find new wholesale markets for producers, as well as connect with consumers interested in locally produced and other special characteristic foods. Louisiana MarketMaker has already seen 600,000 unique visitors to the website (http://la.marketmaker.uiuc.edu/), and we believe that your individual operation could benefit by creating a profile and connecting with these potential customers.

Louisiana MarketMaker is both a federally and state funded program that is overseen by a multi-state advisory board. Currently, there are 19 states participating in MarketMaker, with Louisiana being the fastest growing state involved. This FREE program will provide you with greater visibility to food buyers across the country, access to valuable marketing information, and high touch and high tech educational support to increase commercial readiness. MarketMaker is a locally focused program, aimed at connecting you with participating farmer’s markets, restaurants, and residents seeking locally grown foods.

Signup is FREE and easy, and gives you access to multi-state mapping, census data including: area average income, buying trends, and food consumption rates. Also, each member is given an individual user page that allows you to track the traffic and frequency of visits to your page. You may customize your page by adding pictures of your harvest or farm operation to make your profile more appealing to potential customers. A user may also choose to advertise on the “Looking to Sell” forum, as well as being included on monthly email blasts sent to all Louisiana MarketMaker users.

We urge you to visit our website http://la.marketmaker.uiuc.edu/ and register today! If you would like assistance while registering, feel free to contact Todd Cooper at 225-578-6312, Roger Hinson at 225-578-2753, John Westra at 225-578-2721, or Pamela Hodson at 225-578-2939.

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