The University of Missouri Extension presents the Growing Local Food Economies: Good Food, Good Business conference which will show how food system initiatives and strengthened rural-urban linkages impact producers, communities and regional economies. Keynote speaker Dr. Becca Jablonski from Colorado State University will lead the morning discussion highlighting relevant data and trends. During the afternoon, each site (Columbia, Kansas City, Springfield, and St. Louis) will have the chance to explore unique, regional food system topics on their own.
For the afternoon session in Columbia, the discussion will revolve around how to build a more inclusive and diverse food system with Tricia Woolbright from the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture and Nick Butler from the Center for Health Policy at MU.
This workshop will appeal to a wide range people and professions including farmers, consumers, economic developers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, local and state government, non-profits, and anyone an interested in exploring the potential economic impacts of local food, farming, and related activities.
The location for the Columbia workshop is the University of Missouri Extension-Boone County office at 1012 N. Highway UU, Columbia MO 65203. Registration is $25. Lunch will be provided.