Farm to School
Assessing the economic, environmental, and social impacts of farm to school.
Market Channel Assessment
Improving business plan resources and profitability of Colorado’s fruit and vegetable growers.
Health Behaviors Laboratory
Focused on examining nutrition and physical activity behaviors and environments in early childhood.
Rural Wealth Creation
Developing a model to examine and strengthen strategies to contribute to rural wealth creation through food and agricultural initiatives.
- Sustaining local agriculture barriers and opportunities to direct marketing between farms and restaurants in Colorado
Using telephone interviews the study investigates marketing and purchasing practices of Colorado restaurants
- A food hub study for the Greater Roaring Fork Valley
Using interviews, community meetings, focus groups, and participant observation, the authors of the study sought to identify best strategies to increase the supply of food grown in their area and overall connectivity of different actors in their food system.
- Economic values of agritourism to visitors: A multi-destination hurdle travel cost model of demand
The study utilizes a hurdle travel cost model to investigate the demand for and economic benefits of agritourism.
- Researching market and supply-chain opportunities for local foods systems: setting priorities and identifying linkages.
This research represents a compilation of opinions and insights from those who are interested in exploring research priorities for economic, marketing, and supply-chain aspects of local food systems.
- What do we mean by “Local Foods”?
This research provides a systematic investigation of what people mean when they talk about local.
- Trends in U.S. local and regional food systems
This report provides an overview of local and regional food systems across several dimensions. It details the latest economic information on local food producers, consumers, and policy, relying on findings from several national surveys and a synthesis of recent literature to assess the current size of and recent trends in local and regional food systems.
- Meta-analysis of U.S. intermediated food markets: measuring what matters
The study is a meta-analysis of value chain case studies conducted across the U.S.. The authors found that there was not a standardized approach to conducting case studies and argue that this shortcoming makes it difficult to identify best practices and access the impact of these food value chains.
- Expanding the farmer’s share of the food dollar: exploring the potential effects of emerging food supply chain models
The study explores the relationship between different marketing models and the distribution of consumer dollar along the supply chain.
- Analyzing the role of community and individual factors in food insecurity: Identifying diverse barriers across clustered community members
The study identifies factors that contribute to or alleviate food insecurity using a case study from Pueblo County, Colorado.
- Evaluating scale and technical efficiency among farms and ranches with a local market orientation
The research identifies factors that have the greatest influence on the efficiency of farmers and ranchers that participate in local food systems, and seeks to estimate the relationship between marketing strategy and farm financial efficiency.
- Preventing deer damage
Describes different management strategies to address deer damage.
Extension and outreach
- Approaching beginning farmers as a new stakeholder for extension
The research suggests a need for Cooperative Extension to actively market and seek to engage beginning farmers.