Kaw Valley Regional Food -studies and reports

Links to studies, and other resources which have informed us.

•••••••• Barriers and Opportunities for Sustainable Food Systems in Northeastern Kansas This is a study by Hikaru Peterson, Theresa Selfa and Rhonda Janke, all at KSU. It entailed surveying every direct marketing farmer they could locate in the valley. They found an expressed need for improved transportation and logistics.

Abstract: Survey responses of producers and institutional buyers in northeastern Kansas (United States) were analyzed to understand barriers and opportunities for sustainable food systems in the region where their emergence has been limited. Producers and buyers identified barriers previously noted regarding mismatches of available quantities and prices. Producers’ enthusiasm to supply locally exceeded buyers’ interest to source locally. Transportation was identified as one of the major concerns by producers, and their responses to choice tasks revealed producers’ preferences to sell locally while pricing their products to secure sales revenue and to cover their logistics expenses at least partially.

•••••••• “Food Facts: Results from Marketing and Food Systems Research” This is a Leopold Center study on the economic impacts of local food and regional food systems entitled

••••••••• The Future of Food-Eastern Kaw River Region Local Farm & Food Economy Ken Meter's research focuses on a 7 county region in Eastern Kansas. This short piece collects statistical data on the area. For information concerning direct expenses and income from existing conventional agriculture, or Rhonda Janke’s statistics on the historical extent of production for regional markets in the last century in the Kansas River Valley , you can look at presentations from both Ken and Rhonda which are archived on the KRC website. Go to: http://www.kansasruralcenter.org/site.html Scroll down to “Other Publications”.

••••••• A Compendium of Clusters in Less Populated Places Here is an interesting study of numerous economic clusters that have enhanced their regions: AGRICULTURE/AQUACULTURE 1. Cheese Artisans in Vermont 11 2. Catfish Farming in the Mississippi Delta 13 3. Wine Cluster in Southern Washington 15 4. Aquaculture along the coast of Maine 17 5. Fisheries in Nelson, New Zealand 19 6. Wine in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley 21 7. Food Processing in Southeastern Ohio 23

••••••••• National Distribution Models This is a map of distribution networks from across the country that aggregate and distribute local and regional foods. The colors identify different types of business models. Cooperative (Blue) Home Delivery Network (Pink) Farmer Aggregator (Green) Auction (Turquoise) Non-profit organization (Yellow) Value-Added Processor (Purple) Independent Business (Lilac)

••••••••• The Political Economy of “local foods” in Eastern Kansas Here is a link to a study be Ben Champion (now Director of Sustainability at KSU). This is his Oxford PhD thesis. There are numerous chapters available as downloadable PDFs. This dissertation reports on a regional study in Eastern Kansas of the political economy of local food relations that has arisen through this producer and consumer response. It is an effort to recognize the regional interplay of disparate forces in constructing local food systems in the interest of framing more contextualized and nuanced questions about the environmental, social, and economic outcomes of alternative agri-food development. *Reference: * Benjamin L. Champion , (2007). The political economy of "local foods" in Eastern Kansas . DPhil, University of Oxford

•••••••• Rural Grocery Sustainability Project -Customer Survey A study undertaken by the KSU Center for Engagement and Community Development

Grocery stores are an anchor business in rural communities. The issues facing rural grocery stores are common across Kansas, yet there has been little documentation of the issues. In spite of these constraints, two sources of hope surfaced. First is the belief that the rural population customer base is not beyond the point of business viability. The second point of hope lies in the creative solutions rural grocers are willing to embrace, including forming strategic partnerships, joint purchasing, and openness to trying new ideas for business creation.

•••••••••• Kaw Valley Focus Groups on Local and Organic Produce A study by the Institute for Policy and Social Research at KU.

Environmentally-Identified Products (EIPs) refers to food products that are described as organic or sustainable, were grown using Integrated Pest Management (IPM), or are in other respects viewed as having a less-negative impact on the environment than directly competing products. This report summarizes findings from focus groups conducted in eastern Kansas to determine factors of consumer motivation for buying or not buying Environmentally-Identified Products. The findings were consistent with previous literature on demands for EIP foods.

•••••••• Demands for Local and Organic Produce: A Brief Review of the Literature Also by the Institute for Policy and Social Research

Environmentally Identified Products ( EIPs) refers to food products that are described as organic or sustainable, or were grown using Integrated Pest Management (IPM), or in other respects are viewed as having a relatively less negative impact on the environment than directly competing products. This paper reviews articles investigating the characteristics and preferences of consumers of, and demand for, EIPs in the US. Findings are reported on demographic variables, psychographic variables, willingness to pay, and consumer behavior, both for EIP consumers and non-EIP consumers. Many of the variables such as income and family size that are usually important for determining food demands, do not appear important in determining demand for EIPs. Moreover, the nature of the variables that actually do determine demands for EIPs are poorly understood. Very little research has been done on demands for locally-grown produce. Consumers generally have a favorable attitude towards organic produce, and information and availability are the most important barriers to consumption.

Some Existing Local/Regional Food System Resources:

Kansas Farmers Markets

Kansas River Valley Foods

Our Local Food - Coming Soon


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