What do we know about national trends?

Farms with intermediated sales of local foods are located largely in urban counties. Source: USDA Economic Research Service, data from Census of Agriculture, 2012; Agricultural Marketing Service, 2014.

In a recent report, the USDA explored the local and regional food systems that exist throughout the country. It detailed the latest economic information on local producers and consumers and identified policies that could support local growth.

As the USDA’s blog notes, “Such up-to-date information on local foods is critical for understanding the evolution, growth and effects of local and regional food systems.”

Read a summary of the report at the USDA’s blog here or take a look at the report itself here.

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