University of Minnesota Extension Uses Grant Money to Help Increase Local Farm Competitiveness

In *All, Youth, Family, & Communities by Courtney

As the agriculture industry grows bigger and bigger, small and mid-sized farms are facing challenges to remain competitive in the industry. A Regional Sustainable Development Partnership grant is being developed by the University of Minnesota Extension to create farm-grocery-wholesale networks, employing “backhauling” to increase economic viability for local ag businesses.

Backhauling sends locally-grown foods from rural farms back to wholesale distributors on the return trips of delivery trucks. This increases local producers’ access to the wide distribution opportunities wholesalers offer and create a better food system for local growers and grocers.

Learn what other grant research is being conducted at University of Minnesota here.

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