Building Local and Regional Food Systems

Building Local and Regional Food Systems

Building Local and Regional Food Systems

Growing in popularity on dinner tables and in restaurants, schools and grocery stores around the nation, local food has become more than a buzzword. Local and regional food sales totaled an estimated $6.1 billion in 2012, and the movement is now one of the USDA’s funding priorities: In 2014 alone, the Secretary of Agriculture announced that hundreds of millions of dollars would go to economic development in rural areas, small businesses, value-added market growth, food hubs and more. From crop production to business management to marketing, farmers wear many hats. In addition to having the tools to grow crops, they need the tools to build a strong business that capitalizes on local sales opportunities.

Building Local and Regional Food Systems is a companion to the Farm to Table topic room, which has tools for business planning, marketing, distribution and logistics issues. The topic room includes SARE-funded resources produced by farmers, ranchers, educators and other community members who are working to improve their business management, make local food more accessible to consumers and develop innovative distribution systems.

Product specs
Format: Topic Briefs
Year: 2015
Length: 4 Pages
Author(s): Abby Massey
How to order
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