Identifying factors influencing a hospital's decision to adopt a farm-to-hospital program

Bobby J. Smith, Harry M. Kaiser, Miguel I. Gómez

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Farm-to-hospital (FTH) programs can potentially improve the economy of local communities and preserve the environment. Research on adoption of farm-to-hospital (FTH) programs is extremely limited in the agricultural and applied economics literature. Using data from our 2012 regional FTH program survey of hospital food-service directors in the Northeastern United States and from the U.S Department of Agriculture, this study estimates a logit model to determine factors that influence a hospitals decision to adopt an FTH program. The empirical results indicate that specific hospital characteristics and agricultural factors significantly influence a hospitals decision to adopt.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)508-517
Number of pages10
JournalAgricultural and Resource Economics Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Community-supported agriculture
  • Farm-to-hospital program
  • Locally produced fresh food
  • Logit model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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