Speaking Startup: A cornucopia of small-scale ag entrepreneurship

From honey to paw paws, the final pre-Thanksgiving episode of Speaking Startup features a veritable cornucopia of Missouri produce.

First, we explore the business of bees. Honey bee colonies add $15 billion of value to U.S. agriculture annually, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but the U.S. honey bee population has declined by almost half since the 1940s. Today, entrepreneurs across Missouri are working with bees to help the pollinator ecosystem — and build businesses.

Then, we look at the paw paw. Not familiar? You’re not alone. The relatively obscure fruit is native to Missouri but hasn’t been widely commercialized. However, entrepreneurs in the state see potential in paw paw-derived products, from brandy to gelato.


The Speaking Startup podcast explores news and issues important to Missouri entrepreneurs. Find more Speaking Startup on our website or wherever you get podcasts.


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