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Study Looking at How Local Food Systems Respond to Pandemic

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is partnering with the University of Kentucky, Colorado State University, and Penn State University, as well as 16 trade associations, to conduct a national study on the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on local food systems. According to a University of Kentucky news story, “The study seeks to answer how sectors of local and regional food systems are responding to COVID-19, what successful adaptations have been implemented, what obstacles the various arms of local food systems have encountered and the economic and value-chain impacts.” The year-long study will conduct marketplace assessments and collecting production and marketing strategies and innovations that will be shared via webinars, fact sheets, and other resources. AMS expects to use the study results in developing support programs for local food systems.