There is some initial evidence that some of the initially acute demand and values driven by Covid around food have edged back, at least a little. Emergency conditions that shuttered restaurants and mandated masking and social distance have lessened. ….
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USDA-AMS Cooperative Agreement, May 2020 – September 2021 University of Kentucky, Colorado State University, Northeast Regional Center of Rural Development at Pennsylvania State University….
“What would 2020 have looked like if a collaborative network of research, engagement, and outreach across local and regional food system stakeholders, university researchers, and USDA leadership had been in place?” This is the question the Local and Regional….
The Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics The COVID-19 pandemic and associated public health and social distancing mandates caused unprecedented shifts and disruptions for local and regional food systems (LRFS). The pandemic also brought new and heightened attention….
City Seed, in New Haven, CT interviewed farmers from the markets and conducted research on the impact of climate change on farmers, particularly on pricing, production, and supply…..
Feed the Second Line in New Orleans is working to develop a coordinated network of solar-panel powered restaurants in New Orleans that can continue to operate during/after hurricanes, becoming the "first responders for [the] community." Locating this solar power….
After years of extreme weather events in the region and three consecutive years of devastating floods, Monroe County formed the Climate Change Task Force, the fourth such county-led effort in Wisconsin and the most rural. It is now a….
The Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant Program provides grants to specialty crop producers and processors, other select producers, meat and other processors, distributors, and farmers markets to respond to coronavirus, including for measures to protect workers against novel….
In 2020, FMC piloted an annual report to highlight farmers market adaptations and trends in the era of COVID-19. These types of reports can be used to demonstrate a market’s flexibility and highlight its successes stemming from market innovations….
A short description of essential considerations for starting a meat processing plant. Considerations include regulations, financials, feasibility, and business planning…..
Agritourism operators developed timed, ticketed entry systems to manage the flow of visitors. These systems were often mediated by online platforms. By restricting visitor capacity, farm operators could better allocate resources to create safe conditions for visitors…..
Tribal nations collaborate through coordinating entities, such as the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI) to develop policy-based innovations while supporting new programming and sharing best practices. Important areas of work during COVID-19 include targeted efforts to expand livestock….
In this Ideas Lab Webinar, you will get to see a short video screening and facilitated discussion on CSA member retention. We'll use our collective learned experiences from the past year to share strategies to maintain long-time CSA membership…..