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Local and regional food is more than what happens at farmers markets and on U-Pick farms. When we support food and farm businesses, we can seize new market opportunities that build our communities’ wealth—creating jobs and strengthening relationships.

If you are passionate about local agriculture, healthy food access, and improving your community, this event will offer you new tools to advance your work with a focus on economic development. The Harvesting Opportunity Symposium will highlight the potential positive economic impact well-developed regional food systems could have in Kansas–and the investments we need to achieve it. Attendees will gain new insights into this burgeoning economic sector and discuss strategies and actions to help spur urban and rural community development throughout Kansas.

Join us to:

6bcaac68-75fe-4fed-9176-1e4742129a1e.png  Hear from national experts and regional leaders about how to use emerging tools and strategies for building strong communities.

1914bfd0-e6ab-45d0-ab1f-245e28284686.png  Discover innovative food and agriculture enterprise models that advance financial equity and increase access to healthy foods for all community members.

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5082afce-06ee-45fa-bfa5-f53a88ed92b0.png  Identify your community’s unique assets and the ways local government and regional institutions can seize these market opportunities.

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Please RSVP by May 21

Tickets are $45 and include a locally sourced lunch

Reserve your spot at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/ycwg4zxh

The voices of producers in this conversation are valuable, so we will work to waive registration fees for any Kansas local producer, as well as reimbursement for significant travel costs if requested. Contact Douglas County Extension Director Marlin Bates at batesm@ksu.edu for more information.


Learn more about the publications and research that inspired this event

The Harvesting Opportunity Symposium is based on a partnership between the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s agencies of Rural Development and the Agricultural Marketing Service—focused on regional food systems as a means for enhancing economic opportunity. Learn more:

Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities
The Economics of Local Food Systems Toolkit
Growing Local: A Community Guide to Planning for Agriculture and Food Systems


This event made possible by:

Harvesting Opportunity Sponsors