Women in Agriculture

2019 Women Farm to Food Business Competition

The 2019 NASDA Foundation Women’s Farm to Food Competition is dedicated to fostering growth among women producers (i.e., farmers, fishers, ranchers) and women entrepreneurs with food and beverage businesses in Oregon and Washington. The Farm to Food Competition was developed through a partnership of the NASDA Foundation, Oregon Department of Agriculture and Washington State Department of Agriculture. Women entrepreneurs from Oregon and Washington will compete for a total of $40,000 to help them launch, grow or scale their businesses.

The application period is now open!

The application period closes on January 31, 2019 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.
Note: We moved the deadline to 11:59 pm Pacific Time to accommodate applicants from Oregon and Washington.

Requirements

  • Woman-owned or operated business
  • Developed food or beverage product
  • Business based in Oregon or Washington (e.g., business is incorporated/licensed in Oregon or Washington)
  • 18 years of age or older

Prizes

  • Grand Prize winner (judges’ pick): $20,000
  • People’s Choice (based on audience votes): $10,000
  • Runner-up 1: $5,000
  • Runner-up 2: $5,000
    Note: The finalist team that wins the Grand Prize will not be eligible for the People's Choice award. This will ensure that all four finalists receive cash awards.

Timeline

  • January 1, 2019 at 8:00 am Eastern Time: Online application opens.
  • January 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time: Online application closes.
  • February 1-15, 2019: Judges review applications and select Final Four.
  • February 15, 2019: Applicants notified whether or not they have advanced to the Final Four.
  • February 26-27, 2019: Final Four teams compete in finals round at NASDA Winter Policy Conference in Arlington, Virginia. Travel will be provided by the NASDA Foundation.

Women in Agriculture Survey

The NASDA Foundation is conduction needs assessment with women farmers in Oregon and Washington State to determine what types of food and beverage products they are developing, their current markers, and their educational preference (i.e., online versus in-person, maximum miles to drive for training.)

Gap Analysis Report

The NASDA Foundation, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Washington State Department of Agriculture and Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center are working to develop a training program to help women farmers scale up their food businesses. As an initial step, we reviewed existing training programs serving food entrepreneurs in the region to ensure we didn’t duplicate training.

Here is what we found: gap analysis report.