Category Archives: Research

Minnesota's Evolving Food Industry

A new study by the Crossroads Resource Center analyzes the importance of food relationships to Minnesota’s economy.  Here are some highlights from the press release: Emergent Food Businesses Build Trust A new study, “Mapping the Minnesota Food Industry,” concludes that … Continue reading

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Economic Impacts of regional food trade on Detroit and Seattle regions

A report from Detroit, MI discussed the economic impact of a regional food economy. From the report: ” Just in the city of Detroit, shifting twenty percent of food spending would increase annual output by nearly half a billion dollars. … Continue reading

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Jersey Fresh Economic Analysis

Separating out the economic return of growing local food for regional consumption is gaining momentum as more governments and communities measure the economic return of going local. New Jersey is one state that has measured such efforts. The state supports … Continue reading

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Local food spending benefits economy

Portland, Oregon’s Ecotrust just released an economic analysis that researched the impact of farm to school spending across the state’s economy and found that “Investing in locally produced foods for the school lunchroom fortifies the state’s economy with dollars previously … Continue reading

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U.S. Food Market Estimator

The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture (Iowa State University) continues to generate innovative work (as does WSU’s CSANR program). Leopold’s Marketing and Food Systems initiative has created The U.S. Food Market Estimator which is “designed to help users determine the … Continue reading

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USDA 2009 Farm Sector Income Forecast

The USDA Economic Research Service has shared it’s Farm Income and Costs: 2009 Farm Sector Income Forecast. Some of the highlights (so to speak) are below. Please visit their website to see explanations of the highlights. Net Farm Income Forecast … Continue reading

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2007 Puget Sound Ag Stats

The USDA 2007 Ag Census was released in early February. Please see the 2002 Puget Sound Ag Stats posting for previous information. While we wait for USDA to generate spreadsheets for easier data comparison across all measurements, here are the … Continue reading

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Food and climate impacts

As we develop a regional food network we are considering the needs of the market, the food chain, the region’s comunities, and the environment. The best scenario is that we can find solutions that benefit all. Part of our considerations … Continue reading

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Food Depot

Trying to put together the various supply chain studies and work being done in the region is a large task, and it is one that is fundamental to this developing network. There is work being done to develop regional food … Continue reading

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Puget Sound Ag Stats

As I continue to research the potential market size of the Puget Sound Food Network, I dove in to the USDA Ag Census tables and WSDA data and came up with these numbers: In the 12 Puget Sound counties there … Continue reading

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