Unlocking the Black Box of the U.S. Local Food Sector: A Discussion of USDA’s Census of Agriculture and the New Local Food Marketing Practices Survey 

Thursday June 9th 1-2PM 

Co-hosted by USDA and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments


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Presenters: Jim Barham & Steve Vogel, 

USDA Economists


The Census of Agriculture, conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is the leading source of data on U.S. agriculture. It provides a detailed picture of America’s farms and ranches and the people who operate them every five years. It is the only source of uniform, comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the country.

In early April, the USDA sent out the 2015 Local Food Marketing Practices Survey to over 44,000 farm households. This first-time survey will produce official benchmark data on the local food sector in the United States; expanding greatly upon the type of information collected through the Ag Census on this growing sector.

USDA economists Steve Vogel and Jim Barham will provide an overview of the survey, including when the results will be available. They will provide some observations on how the survey results may help producers, organizations supporting producers, decision-makers, and others, understand trends, challenges, and opportunities in marketing local food in their states or regions. For this interactive webinar, participants are urged to read the 2015 Local Food Marketing Practices Survey in advance of Jim’s and Steve’s brief presentation.

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