CIAS is part of a national task force working to renew what is being called the “agriculture of the middle.” This term refers to a disappearing sector of mid-scale farms and related agrifood enterprises that are unable to successfully market bulk agricultural commodities or sell food directly to consumers. This project has produced a set of Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Studies and Value Chain Teaching Materials, among other publications. For more information, visit the Agriculture of the Middle web site.
Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Study: Co-op Partners WarehouseCo-op Partners Warehouse was established in 1999 by the Wedge Natural Foods Co-op in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This certified organic wholesale distribution warehouse serves retail stores, food service businesses and buying clubs throughout the Upper Midwest. more
Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Study: Idaho’s BountyIdaho’s Bounty was founded in 2007 as a cooperative with both customer and producer members. It provides logistical support for a direct-to-consumer, Internet-based food buying club. more
Value Chain Teaching MaterialsThe national Agriculture of the Middle initiative has produced three sets of curricular resources on value-based food supply chains for university-level business and economics courses. more
Food and the Mid-Level FarmCIAS staff member Steve Stevenson is co-author of a new book on the crisis faced by mid-scale farms and ranches, and strategies for reviving these operations. Food and the Mid-Level Farm makes it clear that the demise of midsize farms and ranches is not a foregone conclusion and that the renewal of an agriculture of […] more
Large-scale pastured poultry farming in the U.S. (Research Brief #63)Can you make a living raising pastured poultry on a large scale? "Yes, but talk to farmers who'll give you their whole story, including their failures, before you begin," one producer participating in a 2000 Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) survey advises. more
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