In the past five years, there has been a proliferation in the number and recognition of ‘food hubs’ across the United States, as well as a substantial increase in foundation and public funding to support their development. In addition to generating economic value within a local economy, funders and policy makers are also acutely attentive to the impact of food hubs on local agricultural producers. While there is a substantial and growing literature that examines food hub activities, there have been few comprehensive, data-driven economic impact assessments completed to date.
Assessment of Regional Food Hubs using IMPLAN: a step-bystep approach
A national survey of CSA operations was conducted to specifically explore how CSAs are adapting the traditional CSA business model and how these modifications seem to be affecting the profitability of the operation. The survey was conducted in late 2014. Detailed results of this study will be published in the spring of 2016, but the summary of initial analysis presented here is based on a poster presentation shared at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association meeting in 2015. The link to the poster is provided at the end of this piece.