DATCP providing assistance to agribusinesses

Special to The Freeman

Dec. 9, 2013

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is providing agribusinesses with one-on-one assistance.

DATCP can assist businesses in setting up a system to evaluate profitability and determine the cost of production, according to a DATCP statement. DATCP works with start-ups as well as businesses that want to continue growing.

Shon Jones, owner of Double S BBQ in Cambridge, said he went to DATCP in 2010 when he decided he wanted to make and sell Boudain sausage.

“DATCP allowed a small guy like me to get started and have a fair shot at making it in the business world,” Jones said. “When you have little to start with and don’t have the money to hire people, you need to do it yourself.”

Jones has had his store, which offers his own meats and other local foods, for more than a year, according to the statement, and he still works with DATCP to continue growing his business.

DATCP can assist agribusinesses write business plans, access available resources and generate a working budget. For more information, visit http://datcp.wi.gov/Business/Business_Resources. To access the available business services, contact DATCP’s Carl Rainey at 608-224-5139 or carl.rainey@wisconsin.gov.