Tuesday, January 15, 2013

OSU Announces Electronic Benefits Transfer Training for Farmers Markets

Special from Melissa Carter

PIKETON, OH - The Ohio State University South Centers will be presenting upcoming trainings across Ohio which will focus on accepting Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) for food assistance cards at farmers markets. There are currently only 60 Ohio farmers markets that are EBT participants. The goal of these trainings will be to encourage and inform markets about the potential economic and community growth for the market and vendors by utilizing EBT. 

  Seasonal fruit on sale at the Athens Farmers Market, one of 60 in the state currently accepting EBT food assistance. Photo courtesy of the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Topics will focus on the EBT acceptance process, best practices, funding opportunities and products that can be accepted with food assistance cards. Farmers market managers, vendors and community leaders are encouraged to attend this training and networking event.

Trainings will be held in three locations across the state. On January 30 from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM, the training will be held at the Anderson Center near Cincinnati. On February 11 from 9:30 AM until 12:30 PM, the CanalWay Center in Cuyahoga Heights will be the location. The last training opportunity will be part of the fourth annual Ohio Farmers’ Market Conference on March 11 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on The Ohio State University’s main campus.

There will be no cost to attend these trainings. Registration is requested and seating is limited. To register or for more information about any of these trainings, contact Melissa Carter, 740-289-2071 Ext. 222, email carter.1094@osu.edu or log on to http://ohiofarmersmarkets.osu.edu. These trainings are being offered through funding by the United States Department of Agriculture.

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