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Economic Importance of Agriculture to Local Economies

The presentations in this session from American Farmland Trust’s Farmland, Food and Livable Communities Conference examine when food and agricultural markets contribute most to local economic development. This session combines the experiences of an innovative farm owner, local food coordinators in two cities with growing reputations for food culture and downtown renaissance, and academics who quantified economic impacts. Food and agriculture can inspire vibrancy and distinctiveness that enables existing businesses and attracts new ones across many industries. High-quality local farmland is the “factory floor” that delivers public amenities and economic opportunity.

Session Presenters: Leigh Maynard, Agricultural Economics Department Chair, University of Kentucky (moderator); Sarah Fritschner, Coordinator, Louisville Farm to Table; Jim Mansfield, Sheep Farmer and Lamb Marketer, Four Hills Farm, Kentucky; Ashton Potter Wright, Local Food Coordinator, Lexington Office of the Mayor, Kentucky

Downloadable Documents
Author / Presenter
Leigh Maynard, Sarah Fritschner, Jim Mansfield, Ashton Potter Wright
Date published
October 21, 2014
Publisher / Host
American Farmland Trust
Media Type
Kentucky, National

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