Researching Market and Supply-Chain Opportunities for Local Foods Systems: Setting Priorities and Identifying Linkages

  • Dawn Thilmany Colorado State University
  • David Conner University of Vermont
  • Kynda R. Curtis Utah State University
  • Chyi-lyi (Kathleen) Liang University of Vermont
  • Kranti Mulik Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Jeffrey O'Hara Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Martha Sullins Colorado State University Extension
  • Tim Woods University of Kentucky
Keywords: Community Impacts, Local Foods, Market Access, Market Development, Supply Chains

Abstract

There is an increasing array of land-grant, nonprofit, and other academic programs intended to support the development of food system enterprises and programs. However, research to track consumers' evolving preferences and behaviors within these systems and to measure the intended policy outcomes of any public investments in these systems is lagging. This research commentary represents a compilation of opinions and insights from those who are interested in exploring research priorities for economic, marketing, and supply-chain aspects of local food systems. The priorities that emerge are framed in the following way: (1) opportunities for increased and more targeted research to help identify gaps in the literature; (2) areas where current localized research projects could be leveraged and scaled up to the national level; and (3) innovative projects and partnerships that are evolving to bridge both knowledge and systems gaps.

Author Biographies

Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University
Professor and Agribusiness Extension Economist, Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, B325 Clark; Colorado State University; Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1172 USA; +1-970-491-7220.
David Conner, University of Vermont
Assistant Professor, Department of Community Development and Applied Economics, University of Vermont; 205H Morrill Hall, 146 University Place; Burlington, Vermont 05405 USA.
Kynda R. Curtis, Utah State University
Associate Professor, Department of Applied Economics, Utah State University; 4835 Old Main Hill; Logan, Utah 84322-4835 USA.
Chyi-lyi (Kathleen) Liang, University of Vermont
Professor, Department of Community Development and Applied Economics; 103 C Morrill Hall; Burlington, Vermont 05405 USA.
Kranti Mulik, Union of Concerned Scientists
Senior and Agricultural Economist, Union of Concerned Scientists; 1825 K Street, NW, Suite 800; Washington, D.C. 20006 USA; +1-202-331-6944.
Jeffrey O'Hara, Union of Concerned Scientists
Senior and Agricultural Economist, Union of Concerned Scientists; 1825 K Street, NW, Suite 800; Washington, D.C. 20006 USA; +1-202-331-6944.
Martha Sullins, Colorado State University Extension
Extension Regional Specialist, Colorado State University Extension; 1525 Blue Spruce Drive; Fort Collins, Colorado 80524-2004 USA.
Tim Woods, University of Kentucky
Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky; 402 CE Barnhart; Lexington, Kentucky 40546 USA.
Published
2016-09-01