November 10, 2015

Learn how the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service's Local Food Research and Development Division is trying to help farmers and food marketers take advantage of the recent surge in local food demand through grant assistance, primary data collection, applied research on emerging business models, technical assistance, and market facility design.

In this Tuesdays at APA presenation, Debra Tropp of the USDA outlined a recent effort to capture and quantify economic impacts of local food system investments. She discussed the rollout of a toolkit that can be used by planners and other development practitioners in responding to oft-repeated questions about the expected job creation and economic activity resulting from public investments in local food systems infrastructure.

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Debra Tropp

Debra Tropp

Debra Tropp is deputy director, Local Food Research and Development Division, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Tropp has spent 23 years with the Transportation and Marketing Program of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service and is a founding member of USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food task force. In 2013, she competed successfully for a Presidential Management Council fellowship and spent six months as a temporary grant manager in the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. She is currently enrolled in the Brookings Institute's Executive Education Leadership Development Program.