Lessons from COVID-19: Positioning Regional Food Supply Chains for Future Pandemics, Natural Disasters and Human-made Crises

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Lessons from COVID-19: Positioning Regional Food Supply Chains for Future Pandemics, Natural Disasters and Human-made Crises presents a new virtual webinar opportunity on June 17th, 2021, at 1:00 PM CT, where researchers will discuss research related to the impacts of COVID-19 on food supply chains and consumers. 

 

“Our project is taking a rigorous look at the resilience of the U.S. food system; to learn from the COVID-19 disruptions and to explore the extent to which local and regional food systems can effectively augment mainstream supply chains to meet the nation’s food needs during future natural and human-made crises,” said Dr. Hikaru Peterson, professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

 

Lessons from COVID-19: Positioning Regional Food Supply Chains for Future Pandemics, Natural Disasters and Human-made Crises is one of 17 projects nationwide to receive funding through a new program area of the USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, targeting rapid response solutions to the pandemic through applied research, education and extension activities.

 

The multi-regional, multi-institution research team has begun collaborating with organizational leaders representing all segments of the food supply chain, including producers, processors, wholesalers, retailers, food service providers and food banks and to survey those impacted by the pandemic and to explore behavioral change among consumers. Preliminary survey results will be shared along with a discussion of environmental source credibility and an upcoming regional foodshed analysis.

To register for this webinar, visit: https://ksu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GB60XZjxRPeRNfCfPSWlgw

 

To learn more about this research effort, visit: https://ruralengagement.org/lessons-from-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR1OtB8vUZ1oM-9RUIAZhfcJ2DMpnaflPCI0XbTCOHLdTPsjDAeVJfVfqaM

 

Webinar Agenda:

 

Host/Moderator:

Cheryl Boyer, Associate Professor of Extension Specialist, Nursery Crop Production & Marketing at Kansas State University

 

Overview of Project:

Cheryl Boyer, Associate Professor of Extension Specialist, Nursery Crop Production & Marketing at Kansas State University

 

Preliminary Results of the Supply Chain Survey:

Christa Court, Assistant Professor of Regional Economics at the University of Florida

 

Consumer Survey:

Lauri M. Baker, Associate Professor of Agricultural Communication at the University of Florida.

 

Environmental Scan and Source Credibility Survey:

Anissa Zagonel, Research Coordinator at the UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education

 

Regional Foodshed Analysis:

Christa Court, Assistant Professor of Regional Economics at the University of Florida

 

Closing and Questions:

Cheryl Boyer, Associate Professor of Extension Specialist, Nursery Crop Production & Marketing at Kansas State University