Articles and Papers on Local and Regional Food Systems

A collection of articles and research papers on local and regional food systems, particularly as they apply to the Northeast region.

A collection of articles and research papers on local and regional food systems, particularly as they apply to the Northeast region.

To meet consumer demand for local meat, farmers need access to appropriately scaled processing facilities. This report from the USDA Economic Research Service explores this multi-faceted problem and identifies fundamental causes. By Richard Stillman, Lauren Gwin, and Arion Thiboumery, published December 2013.

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edited by James R. Veteto, Gary Paul Nabhan, Regina Fitzsimmons, Kanin Routson and DeJa Walker, 2011. 2.2 MB PDF file.

Craig Gundersen, Brent Kreider, and John Pepper, Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy (2011) volume 33, number 3, pp. 281–303

Gomez and Nicholson, Cornell Chronicle Online, April 28, 2011

(Bulletin E332), Brian J. Schilling, Extension Specialist, Agricultural Policy and Kevin P. Sullivan, Institutional Research Analyst, February 7, 2011

Pablo Monsivais, Julia Mclaina and Adam Drewnowskia, ScienceDirect , December 2010


Rural Policy Research Institute / Rural Futures Lab Foundation Paper No. 1, November 2010, Jennifer Jensen. PDF file.

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Kristen Park, Food Industry Management Program, Department of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, SMART Marketing, July 2010. Additional SMART Marketing articles are available at:

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report from Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF2) Regional Food Hub Subcommittee, May 24, 2010. PDF file.

Economic Research Report No. (ERR-97) 87 pp, May 2010. by USDA: Economic Research Service

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by Dave Swenson, Department of Economics, Iowa State University. 1.1 MB PDF file.


Harnessing USDA Rural Development programs to support local and regional food systems (memo from USDA Deputy Secretary K. A. Merrigan, 2009)

2009 final report by the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. The project interviewed 35 small scale food distributors in the Northeast

A three-year project, which ran from 2005-2008, that examined how small-farm industry clusters could improve the vitality of small US farms and rural communities.

Perspectives of Extension educators relative to local food system (LFS) issues are examined. These educators perceived consumer food safety, viable ag-related businesses, land use planning, farm land preservation, loss of family-owned farms, and access to quality foods as important issues. 2006. Journal of Extension, 44(4):

Understanding Our Region's Food System. by the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group