Presentation Title

Changing local and regional food markets: perspectives from Vermont

Time

9:10 AM

Location

Chittenden Bank Room

Abstract

Vermont is well-known for its robust local and regional food system, yet farm viability remains elusive. The state’s agricultural economy is heavily dependent on commodity dairy, an industry in grave peril. Local and regional markets offer potential options for new, existing and transitioning farmers, yet these markets are changing rapidly. We report on interviews from farmers selling to local and regional markets and the technical assistance providers and agricultural lenders who support them. We address these issues: how are farmers accessing these markets and surviving in a difficult marketplace? How are service and credit providers supporting them? What opportunities are emerging? What dangers do farmers face? To what extent and can these various actors work together to increase farm profitability and a strong rural economy?

Primary Faculty Mentor Name

David Conner

Status

Graduate

Student College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Program/Major

Community Development and Applied Economics

Primary Research Category

Food & Environment Studies

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Changing local and regional food markets: perspectives from Vermont

Vermont is well-known for its robust local and regional food system, yet farm viability remains elusive. The state’s agricultural economy is heavily dependent on commodity dairy, an industry in grave peril. Local and regional markets offer potential options for new, existing and transitioning farmers, yet these markets are changing rapidly. We report on interviews from farmers selling to local and regional markets and the technical assistance providers and agricultural lenders who support them. We address these issues: how are farmers accessing these markets and surviving in a difficult marketplace? How are service and credit providers supporting them? What opportunities are emerging? What dangers do farmers face? To what extent and can these various actors work together to increase farm profitability and a strong rural economy?