Team Receives Honorable Mention for Local Food Systems Toolkit


David Hughes and some Local Food Systems team members

David Hughes, professor and Greever Endowed Chair in agribusiness development at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, is pictured (center) with fellow teammates receiving Honorable Mention for the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program Award for developing a local food systems toolkit. Photo supplied.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — David Hughes, a professor in the University of Tennessee Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE), and a team from several land-grant institutions and agencies has received Honorable Mention for the Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program Award from the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA).  The program award was for the team’s work on The Economics of Local Food Systems: A Toolkit to Guide Community Discussions, Assessments and Choices.

Based on a program commissioned by USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), the team developed the toolkit to provide communities with a free resource that assists with more standardized, targeted evaluations of food systems, which will likely result in better-informed policy and regulatory decisions. Improved analyses of impact estimates may also lead to a more accurate determination of the most appropriate and cost-effective food systems for specific communities.

Fourteen team members from six land-grant universities, a nonprofit, and USDA AMS built the toolkit that is comprised of seven modules. The toolkit has led to an eXtension Community of Practice (localfoodeconomics.com​) and to numerous trainings throughout the U.S., including Knoxville and Memphis.

The team was presented with the Distinguished Extension/Outreach Program Award at the 2017 AAEA annual meeting held in Chicago earlier this year.

Hughes is an ARE professor and Greever Endowed Chair in agribusiness development at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu.

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Contact:  

David Hughes, Professor and Greever Endowed Chair, 865-974-7271, dhughe17@utk.edu

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