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Measuring Agricultural Health



2009 FSEP Conference

2009 FSEP Conference



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  • 1. Measuring Agricultural Health Phil Tocco Extension Educator MSUE-Jackson County
  • 2. What Does Healthy Agriculture Look Like?
  • 3. Research Objectives • Develop a quantitative picture of our current food system reality. • Suggest realistic changes to all levels of government to enhance local economic viability. • Define key subsectors with high growth potential and/or impediments to growth. • Create useful datasets to help form linkages between entrepreneurs and markets.
  • 4. Why the Agrifood System? • Agriculture is Michigan’s #2 industry. • It adds $71 Billion to the state economy per year. • In 2007 the state’s agricultural economy grew 12%. • In 2007, the total state economy shrank 1%. Source: MSU Product Center
  • 5. What is the Agrifood System? Wheat Milling Distribution Storing Your Table Baking Jobs Jobs Grocery Store Jobs
  • 6. Disaggregating Agriculture Food Farmer Agricultural Economy Retailer Shipper Processor
  • 7. Disaggregating Agriculture Pros • Income correlates to health, housing and education quality. • It’s easy. Farmer Economic Cons • High income fluctuation from year to year. • Many farms have off farm revenue.
  • 8. Disaggregating Agriculture Pros • Takes into account economic, environmental and social aspects. • Great for measuring against Balanced Farmer an ideal scenario. Scorecard Cons • Not designed for regional use. • No consensus for what objective ideal agriculture looks like.
  • 9. Disaggregating Agriculture Pros • Is comprehensive in scope. Economic • Is adaptable for regional use. Farmer Environmental Cons • Sporadic availability of Social quantitative data. • May skew results based on what’s measured.
  • 10. What Do We Measure? • Quantitative economic data. • Quantitative environmental measures. • Qualitative wellbeing measures. Photo Credit Getty Images
  • 11. Economic Measures • Net farm cash income compared with the last 5 years. • Dependency ratio. • Land conversion to or from agriculture. • Local food consumption to capacity ratio. Photo Credit Getty Images
  • 12. Environmental Measures • Reduced tillage adoption. • Water Use in gallons per acre. • Cropping system diversity per acre Photo Credit Getty Images
  • 13. Wellbeing Measures • On farm stress and family disputes. • Intergenerational transfer issues. • Free time and involvement in broader community
  • 14. Timeline for Completion Tabulate Qualitative Release Final Begin Qualitative Results Report Assessment (August 2009) (October 2009) (June 2009) Carry out Tillage Transects Write Final Report (May 2009) Carry out Quantitative (September 2009) Measures (July 2009)