Local food impact webinar, 1 of 2

The eXtension’s Economics of Local Foods Community of Practice is sponsoring two webinars that will explore the economic impacts of local-foods projects. The first webinar is "Using the new Economic Impact Calculator to Assess your Project: A Discussion on the Connections to the USDA AMS Toolkit and Framing Used to Develop the Calculator."

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January 24, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


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During this webinar oriented toward local food practitioners and project managers, we highlight the use of two key resources for conducting economic impact studies of food system initiatives. The first is a new online calculator to estimate economic impacts of representative food system. Through a collaborative companion project, this calculator follows the best practices for project framing and assessment laid out in the USDA’s “The Economics of Local Food Systems: A Toolkit to Guide Community Discussions, Assessments and Choices.”  

We will include partners who intend to use this new tool, and preview another Webinar that will explore some of the applied research that can help us better understand how to further refine our economic impact estimates and add more value to the calculator’s results.

The webinar is free and accessible via the following link or phone numbers:

  • Or Telephone: US: +1 408 638 0968 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833 followed by the webinar ID: 833 694 496
  • Questions? Contact Dawn Thilmany at or David Shidler at