The Economics of Local Food:

an Emerging Community of Practice

We are actively growing a new Community of Practice to help you and your community understand the ag and food enterprise viability, market dynamics and other key socio-economics metrics of local and regional food systems.

The Toolkit is made up of seven modules that can be grouped into two stages of food system planning, assessment and evaluation. The first set of modules (1-4) guides the first stages of an economic impact assessment and includes framing the system, relevant economic activities and assessment process as well as collecting and analyzing relevant primary and secondary data. The second set of modules (5-7) provides a more technical set of practices and discussion of how to use the information collected in stage one to conduct a more rigorous economic impact analysis.

Includes case studies, reflective essays, and other articles about measuring the impact of local food systems through the use of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Services’ Local Food Systems Toolkit. The issue is sponsored by Food Systems at Colorado State University and USDA AMS. Guest editors are Dawn Thilmany McFadden and Becca B. R. Jablonski, both at Colorado State University.

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About Local Food Economics

This website provides a gateway for you to explore work going on throughout the US on food systems, and it continues to grow. Please consider joining our Community as a team member, or by nominating your project that has created original research and/or outreach content in this area. (Follow the Getting Involved menu above)

This community of practice represents a virtual collection of emerging research, program evaluations and initiatives that seek to improve understanding of the complexities and economic potential of local and regional food systems, and their contributions to community and business development.

Through its support of the Toolkit , USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service and its research partners have come to realize the importance and power of gathering community-based evidence that provide real-world illustrations of benefits associated with local food investments, while identifying the most appropriate and effective practices for advancing local food systems development. 

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November 16, 2020
Local and regional food markets continue to evolve, catalyzed by COVID restrictions and economic disruptions https://t.co/h9aYjQGO9p
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Dawn Thilmany (McFadden) @DawnTM
Hearing from Local Catch, U-pick and broader Agritourism sector and North Carolina farms focused on local markets about the new face of their customers during COVID....more information on partners at: https://t.co/MFOfu4TWxP https://t.co/vW7qiYtiin
November 16, 2020
How can the local and regional food sector ensure these customers continue to select these markets?

Join us today as @nafdma @LocalCatch @infoCEFS discuss with us what businesses are doing to retain customers: https://t.co/u8LOs0HZQx https://t.co/KebAuY1YyU
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November 16, 2020
Interested in food system leaders’ perspectives on shoppers for the end of 2020? Join us for today’s webinar https://t.co/45hAm1bi5J
November 9, 2020
Interested to see how the benchmark work of this team can focus on strategies among beginning farmers and ranchers. https://t.co/JkvhUAkIpb
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Becca Jablonski @rebeccabr
Excited to be participating in today’s ⁦ @USDA_ERS⁩ ⁦ @FarmFoundation#beginningfarmers conference with ⁦ @DawnTM⁩ ⁦ @farmcredit⁩ ⁦ @USDA_NIFA⁩ ⁦ @CSUEngagement⁩ ⁦ @CSUAgSci⁩ ⁦ @CSU_foodsystemshttps://t.co/f7yvI3jUam
November 2, 2020
Thanks for the vision from the USDA Ag Marketing Service to bring this timely collaborative of partners together.... @USDA_AMS #COVID19 #FoodSystems https://t.co/1cOqc01Smm
October 28, 2020
"The butcher bottleneck is holding back farmers at a time when farmers could be expanding to take advantage of those new local markets," - Bobbi Wilson @wifarmersunion https://t.co/CD7rO8hs1e
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