Category Archives: Local Foods

Choices Issue on Local Foods

The Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (the national association for U.S. ag economics) has a policy-relevant journal directed toward non-economists. The current issue relates to local foods and includes a number of policy-relevant articles of interest to many of you. Check it out at Choices.

Ag in Uncertain Times Webinars on Local Foods – May 3

The current ag environment is often high-risk provides opportunities for diversification. Tune into the Ag in Uncertain Times webinar Tuesday, May 3, at 11:00 central. Participate at this link. Presentation Topics Overview of Local Food Systems in the West – Martha Sullins, Ag Business Management Specialist, Colorado State University Extension Product Development and Food Safety Issues for Farms – Karin Allen, Assistant professor, Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences, Utah State University Farm Tourism – Shermain Hardesty, Extension Economist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of… Read More →

Cultivating Community Wealth: Strategies for Building Rural Wealth, Part 2

This post is part of an eight-week series on Cultivating Community Wealth. Strategies summarized in this post include business retention & expansion, tourism, retiree attraction, workforce education, shop/eat local campaigns, and fundraising campaigns. Strategies discussed in last week’s post include industrial recruitment and financial incentives, clusters, value-chain development, community business matching, entrepreneurship including youth entrepreneurship, and regionalism. Recall that particular strategies may be suited to the assets, goals, and values of some communities but not others. Discussion of a strategy does not imply endorsement, and leaders are encouraged… Read More →

The Role of Rural: In the Local Foods Movement

Rural areas play an important role in urban food systems and urban economies. Recently, I’ve seen two stories on local foods that follow a fairly narrow definition of “local”. Both stories are cool pieces with some good info and ideas, and they give us an opportunity to think about rural/urban linkages and regionalism. KENS5 out of San Antonio posted a USA TODAY graphic on what constitutes “local” foods. The graphic, which was developed from USDA and various farmers market sources, asks How Local is Local? Takepart’s Willy Blackmore… Read More →