Evaluating Economic Benefits of Local Food Systems

USDA, Colorado State University to Host Free Webinar on How to Evaluate Economic Benefits of Local Food Systems

Washington, DC, April 13, 2016—Local and regional food systems are helping revitalize rural and urban communities across the country.  The authors of a new U.S. Department of Agriculture guide to evaluate the economic impacts of investing in farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSA), food hubs, and other local food systems will discuss the toolkit during a free webinar on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at 3 p.m. E.T. The Economics of Local Food Systems: A Toolkit to Guide Community Discussions, Assessments and Choices, developed by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) in cooperation with Colorado State University (CSU), uses real-world projects, experiences, and applied research to help community leaders, planners, economic development specialists, public agencies, and private businesses or foundations evaluate the economic benefits of local and regional food systems. Audience:        Community leaders, farmers, planners, economic development specialists, public agencies, and private businesses or foundations What:              Free webinar on how to use The Economics of Local Food Systems: A Toolkit to Guide Community Discussions, Assessments and Choices. The webinar will last approximately 90- minutes. When:            3 p.m. E.T., Thursday, April 28, 2016 Speakers:         Debra Tropp, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Alfonso Morales, University of Wisconsin-Madison Becca Jablonski, Colorado State University Dave Swenson, Iowa State University Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University To register for the webinar on economic benefits of local food systems, please use this link: http://goo.gl/forms/JIOrvfQiMM If you have any questions, please email: becca.jablonski@colostate.edu Technical issues, please email or call: ruth.willson@colostate.edu (970) 491-6988

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