Launch of New Food Systems Practitioner and Educational Resource Database

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 revealed the crucial role local food systems can play in community food security. The nation’s food systems practitioners have identified professional development opportunities as a pressing need in addressing issues of food security and equity.

A national team of researchers and practitioners led by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has developed a national database for both practitioners and educational resources related to a previous project for food systems core competencies. This project is supported …

Local Food System Response to Covid

USDA Launches A Resource Hub on Local Food System Response to COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the launch of a hub designed to assist local and regional food producers as USDA and its partners develop, share and assess resources on local and regional food system responses to COVID-19. The Local Food System Response to COVID Resource Hub was created through USDA’s cooperative agreement with the University of Kentucky, Colorado State University and Pennsylvania State University.

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Food Systems Core Competency Project

30 Partners Nationwide Identify Essential Skills and Trainings for Food System Practitioners

A growing number of practitioners across the US are working to create and enhance thriving, equitable local and regional food systems. These food system practitioners have identified a need for professional development opportunities to build their skills and capacities.

In August 2019, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) formed a cooperative agreement with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Program. The purpose …

April 25, Quarterly Open Forum

We are offering the Community, Local and Regional Food Systems Community of Practice quarterly Open Forum on April 25, 1 pm to 2 pm EST. We appreciate the support from the Southern Rural Development Center to host this Zoom meeting.

The agenda includes:

– CoP welcome and brief overview.
– Program presentations including highlights of our stories about Innovative Marketing Programs in Our Community.
– News and events

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Telephone: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) Meeting …