Trends in U.S. Local and Regional Food Systems: A Report to Congress

Sarah Anne Low, Aaron Adalja, Elizabeth Beaulieu, Nigel Key, Stepen Martinez, Alex Melton, Agnes Perez, Katherine Ralston, Hayden Stewart, Shellye Suttles, Stephen M. Vogel, Becca B.R. Jablonski

Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingTechnical report


This report provides an overview of local and regional food systems across several dimensions. It details the latest economic information on local food producers, consumers, and policy, relying on findings from several national surveys and a synthesis of recent literature to assess the current size of and recent trends in local and regional food systems.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherUSDA Economic Research Service
Number of pages92
StatePublished - Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdministrative Publication


  • local food systems
  • Agricultural Resource Management Survey
  • Census of Agriculture
  • environmental issues
  • Farm Bill
  • Food Safety Modernization Act
  • local food prices
  • farmers markets
  • food hubs
  • farm to school
  • intermediated marketing
  • direct to consumer marketing


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