Oct 23, 2012
From Legacy Moment (10/19/2012).
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It's no surprise that local food sales are increasing. Consumers are responding to the health benefits, freshness and community appeal of locally grown products.
According to the study "Local Foods Marketing Channels Encompass a Wide Range of Producers" by Sarah A. Low and Stephen Vogel, the size of the local food market in the U.S. was $4.8 billion in 2008. While that number accounts for a small sector of U.S. agriculture, it continues to grow.
What does this mean for you? For an experienced producer, it might lead to new opportunities or expanded operations. For an aspiring farmer, it might lead to a starting point. Locally grown produce can be a way to get your foot in the door and start farming without a huge cash outlay. Even if you have bigger ideas on the horizon, don't pass up the opportunity to start a business, serve the customer and experience farming firsthand.
News & Resources for You:
Gary and Crystal Dell understand the importance of remaining open-minded to new opportunities.
Remember the upcoming Legacy Project Workshops in Amarillo, Texas; Salina, Kansas; and Denver, Colorado.
At Dairy Today's Elite Producer Business Conference, catch a presentation by the Legacy Project's Josh Sylvester on Wednesday, Nov. 7.