About Us

We Bring Together Many Resources

The University of Kentucky Food Systems Innovation Center (FSIC) was created to assist processors, producers and entrepreneurs to maximize their market capabilities by having access to UK's technical and business expertise. We have combined resources from the Department of Animal and Food Sciences and the Department of Agricultural Economics with programs such as MarketReady, Kentucky Proud, and Kentucky MarketMaker, and organizations such as the Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) and the Kentucky Small Business Development Center to help you build your business and to follow government regulations that can be daunting when trying to get through them by yourself.

"Success or failure often depends on how well issues beyond the 'what' are dealt with." (Tim Woods and Steve Isaacs in PRIMER.)

The people of FSIC work closely with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Kentucky Farm Bureau, farmers markets and cooperatives because we want to help you succeed with your efforts as small and large manufacturing firms and as farmers seeking to increase farm income by adding value to your crop production.

Kentucky Entrepreneurs and Enterprises

The Food Systems Innovation Center provides technical and business development services to facilitate the profitable production, processing and marketing of locally produced and processed food by Kentucky-based enterprises and entrepreneurs. Our vision for Kentucky agriculture is a strong economy supported by enterprises that produce safe and healthy products to benefit producers, processors, consumers and communities.

 Product Development for the Kentucky State University Mobile Fruit and Vegetable Processing Unit

Product Development for the Kentucky State University Mobile Fruit and Vegetable Processing Unit

Thank you

Thank you to the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board through the Governor's Office of Ag Policy for the initial funding to start our program.