Processing is the transformation of raw ingredients, physically or chemically, transforming into a value-added market. May include value-added processing, freezing and canning, and butcher shop.

Defined by the Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Community Food Systems Program

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Cottage Food Law

In 2019, Nebraska passed a bill (LB 304) allowing individuals to sell homemade foods already authorized for sale at farmers’ markets directly to consumers at the producer’s home, fairs, festivals, other public events or online for pick-up or delivery—all within the state of Nebraska. While this expansion to the cottage food law does not allow indirect sales (wholesale, retail stores, etc.), Nebraska producers can now sell non-potentially hazardous food outside of the farmers’ market season with no sales limit.

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UNL Food Processing Center

The Food Processing Center serves as a major food processing and applied research hub because it integrates applied research with state-of-the-art pilot plants, laboratory services, a team of product developers, and a team that supports food entrepreneurship.

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