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Friday, March 25, 2016

USDA Offers New Toolkit to Assess Economic Impact of Local Foods

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USDA Offers New Toolkit to Assess Economic Impact of Local Foods
Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture - Washington, D.C.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has unveiled a new resource to help communities and businesses evaluate the economic benefits of investing in local food systems. The announcement was made Thursday to those attending the Good Food Festival and Conference in Chicago.

Vilsack :35 …USDA to provide support across the board for this effort.

Quote Summary - It is really designed to give us the ability to work with all of you. So that you can make the case to local government officials, to investors, to those interested in the good food movement, that this is a profitable venture, and that this makes economic sense. We think this toolkit makes that case more strongly and with better data which should lead to continued investment in the good food movement. It is a continuation of our effort at USDA to provide support across the board for this effort.

The Local Food System Toolkit can be used by policy makers, community leaders, private businesses or foundations to offer specific estimates that will help them decide whether to invest in initiatives that increase local food activity. It was developed in conjunction with Colorado State University.