Over the last two decades, the U.S. has experienced tremendous growth in local and or regional food systems. The market drivers of these local and regional food markets are varied and include trust, health motivations, sustainability, support for local farmers, or desires to consumer freshly harvested products, to name a few. Regardless of the motivations, today’s marketplace offers an array of opportunities for local and or regional food systems to not only serve an existing demand but to thrive as viable economic engines supporting local and regional entrepreneurship.
This session discusses an array of tools and resources that have been developed to support the development and performance of local and regional food systems. The session will focus on the success of the 2018 National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit and on-going plans for 2019 as well as the local food economics website which features both Summits, https://localfoodeconomics.com/
|Conference||2019 Extension Risk Management Education National Conference|
|Presentation Type||30-Minute Concurrent|