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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