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6/26 Webinar: Local Food Markets, Farm Labor and Metrics in a Time of Covid-19
June 26 @ 9:00 am - 9:50 am
Covid-19 has devastated the economy, led to spiraling unemployment and increased food insecurity. How will this impact local food systems, and what changes are needed? Farmers markets have restructured to limit the spread of the virus but also witnessed demand spike. The availability and arrival of H2A foreign farm workers has become an urgent farm matter — will managers seek to source replacement workers? Meanwhile, the National Farm to Institution Metrics collaborative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture aims to establish widely adopted farm impact metrics that serve as a foundation for reporting local food purchasing.
The Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (C-FARE) along with the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA) host this free webinar to discuss the impacts of Covid-19 on local food systems. Support also comes from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and the USDA’s Economic Research Service and National Agricultural Statistics Service.