Speaker Highlights Benefits of Local and Regional Food Systems

The keynote speaker at the Kansas Rural Center’s November 2019 Food and Farm Conference, Dr. Becca Jablonski, reflected on her research into the benefits of local and regional food systems. Jablonski pointed to a proliferation of federal and state programs to incentivize local food production and proliferation of local food policy councils nationwide. These local food councils focus on creating opportunities within the food system. Jablonski has been studying the viability of local food markets for farmers. For example, research identifies labor as an expense that must be managed for farms to be profitable. She also spoke to the need for food policy councils to include rural perspectives.