Food Systems Publications

A collection of publications on food system topics, authored or co-authored by Center staff and/or partners.

By Rebecca Cleary, Stephan J. Goetz, Dawn Thilmany McFadden, and Houtian Ge. Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 44(1):141–163. (Links to PDF.)

By Houtian Ge, Stephan Goetz, Miguel Gómez, Richard Gray & James Nolan. Published in the International Journal of Production Research, May 10, 2018.

By Houtian Ge, Stephan Goetz, Patrick Canning, and Agnes Perez. Published in International Journal of Production Economics, March 2018.

By Mary Clare Ahearn, Kathleen Liang, Stephan Goetz. Published in Agricultural Finance Review, February 6, 2018.

By Rebecca Cleary, Alessandro Bonanno, Lauren Chenarides, and Stephan J. Goetz. Published in Food Policy, February 2018.

By Shoshanah Inwood, Alana Knudson, Florence A. Becot, Bonnie Braun, Stephan J. Goetz, Jane M. Kolodinsky, Scott Loveridge, Katlyn Morris, Jason Parker, Bob Parsons, Rachel Welborn , and Don E. Albrecht. Published in Choices Magazine, January-March 2018.

By Kate Clancy, Alessandro Bonanno, Patrick Canning, Rebecca Cleary, Zach Conrad, David Fleisher, Miguel Gómez, Timothy Griffin, Ryan Lee, Daniel Kane, Anne Palmer, Kristen Park, Christian J. Peters, Nicole Tichenor. Published in Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, December 2017.

By Kathryn Z. Ruhf, Kristen Devlin, Kate Clancy, Linda Berlin, Anne Palmer. Published in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, December 2017.

By Anne Palmer, Raychel Santo, Linda Berlin, Alessandro Bonanno, Kate Clancy, Carol Giesecke, C. Clare Hinrichs, Ryan Lee, Philip McNab, Sarah Rocker. Published in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, December 2017.

By Houtian Ge, Patrick Canning, Stephan J. Goetz, and Agnes Perez. Published in Agricultural Economics, December 19, 2017.

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Goetz, S.J., Y. Han, E. Hildabridle, L. Li, F. Tegegne, S. Tubene, and A. Wetherill. NERCRD Rural Development Paper No. 57. April 3, 2017. This document presents the content of a curriculum prepared for extension educators and others who are interested in conducting a network analysis of farmer groups.


By Chance McDavid, Stephan Goetz, Leslie Hossfeld, Steve Turner, Mark Skidmore, Don Albrecht, Stacey McCullough, Amanda P. Perez, Alison Davis, Tim Woods, Jairus Rossi, A. Lee Meyer, Susan Jakes, Becky Bowen, Joanne Lelekacs, Stephen Brown, Mark Apel, Trent Teegerstrom. Abstract published in The Journal of Food Distribution Research, Volume 48(1), 2017. (PDF)

By Houtian Ge, James Nolan, Richard Gray, , Stephan Goetz, and Yicheol Han. Published in the International Journal of Production Economics, Volume 179, September 2016, Pages 228–238. (Access may be limited.)

Written by Stephan J. Goetz and published May 31, 2016 in Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. Abstract: Public interest in food systems has grown dramatically, and agricultural economists have important roles to play in contributing to and leading large-scale interdisciplinary studies of the subject. Key topics include understanding food system participants' behaviors and incentives and determining what food systems can and cannot achieve. I review a global food-security project funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture that illustrates the interactions between production, distribution, and consumption of food and regional self-reliance, as well as other important areas in which agricultural and regional economists can gainfully apply their tools and methods, including studies of the impacts of local food and network analyses.

Federal cooperative extension programs have helped more than 137,000 farmers stay in business since 1985, according to economists.

By Hamideh Etemadnia, Stephan J. Goetz, Patrick Canning, and Mohammad Sadegh Tavallali. European Journal of Operational Research, Volume 244, Issue 2, 16 July 2015, Pages 648–661. (Access may be limited.)

For two decades Havana, Cuba, has served as a living laboratory for practitioners and scholars of urban agriculture, particularly in its well-docu­mented role in helping stave off food insecurity during a period of severe resource constraints. Using secondary data, reports by other observers, and structured interviews with 11 of Havana’s urban gardeners, this study examines the challenges and opportunities that urban agriculture has experienced, and will continue to experience, in Cuba’s post-communist society.


This publication focuses on building communities’ capacity around urban and community gardening and addresses the challenges that arise as people and organizations work together to create and cultivate a community garden. 22 MB PDF

by Jason P. Brown (Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City), Stephan J. Goetz (Penn State), Mary C. Ahearn (USDA-ERS), Chyi-lyi (Kathleen) Liang (University of Vermont). Published in the February 2014 edition of Economic Development Quarterly.