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Keynote Address

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2009 FSEP Conference

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Keynote Address

  1. 1. Food System Economic Partnership Conference, Adrian, MI 2009
  2. 2. Black Hawk County region Food & Farm Economy • Region’s farmers sell $1.19 billion of crops and livestock per year (seven-year average 1999-2005) Yet … • Spend $1.24 billion to produce it (losing $51 million per year) Source: BEA
  3. 3. All told … Black Hawk County area each year loses $51 million producing commodities Receives $184 million in crop subsidies More than $550 million buying food from outside
  4. 4. Retail Sales Dollars Spent on Food and Eating Out (2004) Food Service & Location Households Food & Bev Drinking Establish. (county) (000s) Stores ($) ($) Benton 10.3 32,740,000 5,626,000 Black Hawk 49.5 274,866,000 156,760,000 Bremer 8.9 29,827,000 11,068,000 Buchanan 7.9 14,561,000 9,756,000 Butler 6.1 10,677,000 2,959,000 Fayette 8.6 28,260,000 14,735,000 Grundy 5.1 10,360,000 2,670,000 TOTAL 103.3 426,609,000 210,365,000
  5. 5. Jobs, Fruit & Veggies, and Black Hawk County region If residents of Black Hawk county area purchased locally grown fruits and vegetables just 3 months out of the year, that would mean 475 new jobs and $6.3 million in labor income added to the local economy. David Swenson, ISU Economist
  6. 6. 2004 Local Food Expenditures Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community Waverly, Iowa Baked Month Meat Dairy Vegetables Goods Monthly Total January $3,341.92 $110.00 $60.00 $3,511.92 February $484.66 $150.00 $634.66 March $3,758.59 $570.00 $4,328.59 April $2,264.18 $460.00 $142.50 $2,866.68 May $1,135.91 $709.20 $760.83 $2,605.94 June $2,979.77 $1,075.00 $288.00 $4,343.37 July $917.68 $753.30 $366.00 $2,036.98 August $3,433.49 $1,327.40 $521.00 $5,281.89 September $567.10 $977.40 $525.50 $78.00 $2,148.00 October $5,309.55 $982.80 $402.00 $37.50 $6,731.85 November $739.65 $1,035.80 $321.70 $354.50 $2,451.65 December $3,428.44 $1,863.60 $93.90 $5,385.94 Year Total $28,360.96 $9,755.10 $3,681.43 $530.00 $42,327.47
  7. 7. Rudy’s Tacos, Waterloo, Iowa Local Food Expenditures 2007 Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership
  8. 8. Local Food Expenditures by the participating institutions in the Black Hawk County Area, Iowa 1997-2007 $2,500,000 25 Local Food Expenditures $2,000,000 Number of Institutions 20 $1,500,000 15 $1,000,000 10 $500,000 5 $0 0 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Year Local Food Expenditures Number of Institutions Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership
  9. 9. How can $1=$14.60 ? • From 1998-2008, for every dollar we raised to strengthen our local food economy, we helped $14.60 be invested in local food and farm businesse UNI, Center for Energy & Environmental Education
  10. 10. Local Food & Local Government • Local governments are all about local infrastructure – Police and fire protection – Sewer – Water – Streets/roads – Public health – Schools – Art & culture – Economic developments – Tourism • Where does local food fit in?
  11. 11. Local Food & Local Government • Pottawattamie County, IA: Local foods coordinator • Story County, IA: Planning for local foods • Linn County, IA: Land use plan, incubator farm • Dane County, WI: Food policy Council • Black Hawk County, IA: Local foods coordinator
  12. 12. Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership • Publish Buy Fresh, Buy Local Directory • Make Farmers Markets more visible • Connect institutional food buyers to local food & farm businesses • Assist in the development of local foods infrastructure • Work with public schools food service staff • Raise awareness of the importance of knowing where our food comes from • Help new farms find local markets for their products Every community needs an entity that does these things!
  13. 13. Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership Center for Energy and Environmental Education University of Northern Iowa
  14. 14. Carolyn Adolphs: (319) 478-8624 Romaine lettuce $1.00 per head Bib lettuce $1.00 per head Sweet onions $.50 per lb Red Onions $.50 per lb Yukon Gold Potatoes $.50 per lb Zucchini $.60 per lb Summer Squash $.60 per lb Cabbage $.40 per lb Don and Ruth Beck: (319) 988-3729 Sweet Corn $2.50 per doz (price negotiable for very large purchases) Vern Hesse: (319) 266-2025 Sweet Corn $3.00 per doz (price negotiable for large purchases) Loyd Johnson: (641) 435-2206 Green Bell Peppers(6-8oz)$.40-50 each Parsley (13-stem bundle) $.75 per bundle Cilantro $.75 per bundle Basil (green) 4 oz leaves $1.00 Chives (4-6in. stems/cut as desired)$.75 per oz Chocolate Mint stems/leaves $1.00 per oz Lemon Balm stems/leaves $1.00 per oz Coming Soon: Available 7/24: Red Bell Peppers, Purple Ruffle Basil Available 8/1: Orange, Yellow, Purple, and White Bell Peppers
  15. 15. Collaboration with PFI & FoodRoutes • Tools for making local agriculture more visible • More buyers interested • More farmers involved • More community visibility • More funders involved • Enriched our work
  16. 16. Buy Fresh, Buy Local campaigns 2008 Northern Iowa Food & Farm Partnership

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