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Below are examples of food and agriculture project impact studies.



The Local Food Impact: What if Georgians Ate Georgia Produce? 


University of Georgia

May 2010




Buy Local Campaign: Lessons Learned and Evaluation


Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA), FoodRoutes Network




Community Food System and Sustainable Agriculture (CFSSA) Evaluation Results: A Summary


Community Food System and Sustainable Agriculture (CFSSA)



Economic Contribution of Arkansas Agriculture


University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Research & Extension




Economic Contributions of the Dairy Farming and Dairy Product Manufacturing Industries in the Southeast United States in 2005


University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

December 2007



Economic Impact of Southern New Mexico Vegetable Production and Processing


New Mexico Chile Task Force

May 2003



Economic Impacts of Agriculture in Skagit County, WA


Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland, Washington State University Skagit County Cooperative Extension, and Economic Development Association of Skagit County

August 2003



Economic Importance of and Economic Impacts Associated with Livestock Production in Box Butte County


Nebraska Public Power District, Economic Development Department

May 2005



Evaluation Studies of Farm to School Programs in the Northeast


Cornell Farm to School Program, New York School Nutrition Association (NYSNA), New York Farms!

June 2014



Farm-to-School in Central Minnesota – Applied Economic Analysis


Region Five Development Commission, University of Minnesota

December 2009



Food Policy Councils: Lessons Learned


Food First: Institute for Food & Development Policy

December 2009 



Iowa Agriculture Economic Contribution Analysis


Decision Innovation Solutions

August 2009 and September 2014 reports available 



Measuring the Economic Impacts of Buy Local Campaigns in Iowa


Iowa State University




Niagara Regional Agricultural Economic Impact Study (CA)

Niagara Region

August 2010 and October 2014 updates available.



Success Factors for New Generation Cooperatives


International Food and Agribusiness Management Review




The Economic Impact of Animal Agriculture in Indiana's Regions


Indiana Business Research Center, Indiana University

March 2017



The Impact of Agriculture on New Hampshire’s Economy in Fiscal Year 2011


Plymouth State University

August 2012



The Impact of New Generation Cooperatives on Their Communities


United States Department of Agriculture

January 1998



The Meat and Poultry Industry Economic Contribution Study: 2009


John Dunham and Associates




Vermont’s Agriculture: Generating Wealth from the Land


Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Council

April 2005






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