The Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance is pleased to release a report that is the culmination of in depth research into the challenges and opportunities of a local food system found in the Headwaters Region. The report offers 28 recommendations to HFFA and the broader Headwaters community on how to take action to support the development of a resilient, sustainable and productive local economy based on the rich agricultural resources available in this region. Read more…
Access the executive summary here (pdf 607kB).
AMES, Iowa — A new report from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture shows that institutional purchases of local food added nearly $9 million to the Iowa economy in 2012.
What’s more, the report points out enormous opportunities for local foods in Iowa that could benefit rural communities and farm-based businesses. Investigators measured significant sales from only a small segment of potential markets for local foods among grocery stores, restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, college and school food services and other institutions.
The findings are part of an evaluation of the Regional Food Systems Working Group (RFSWG) that supports local food systems in 90 of Iowa’s 99 counties. It is the first coordinated, comprehensive attempt to measure actual economic and community impacts associated with regional food system development in Iowa.
The coordinators distributed surveys to area buyers and farmers they worked with to collect information about these key indicators of economic impact:
· Local food purchases in 2012: 74 buyers reported total purchases of $8,934,126.
· Local food sales in 2012: 103 farmers reported total sales of $10,549,296;
· New jobs related to local food in 2012: A total 36 new jobs (24 full-time equivalent) were created in 2012 (reported by a subset of buyers and farmers).
The statewide report, 2012 Economic Impacts of Iowa’s Regional Food Systems Working Group
, is available on the Leopold Center website at: www.leopold.iastate.edu/local-food