Tuesdays at APA–DC

Why Local Food Matters

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 • 5:30 p.m. ET

Get an overview of what we know about changing consumer demand and some of the drivers behind these changes in demand. 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.

Debra Tropp of the USDA will also outline a recent effort to capture and quantify economic impacts of local food system investments. She will discuss 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 TroppDebra 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.

Tuesdays at APA–DC

Join APA in Washington, D.C., each month for this after-work lecture and discussion series. Practicing planners, researchers, and professionals from allied fields discuss innovative ideas and concepts or present their latest projects.

The events are free and open to APA members and nonmembers. If you can't join us in person, check out the podcast. Podcasts of many of the programs are posted on the event archive page approximately one week after the live event.


APA's Washington Office
1030 15th St., NW
Suite 750W
Washington, DC 20005

APA's Washington, D.C., office is located on the corner of 15th and L Streets NW. Please use the entrance on 15th Street. Let security know you are there to attend an event at the American Planning Association and they will direct you to the elevator to the 7th floor.

Several public transportation lines are close by, including the red (Farragut North station) and orange (McPherson Square station) lines. Several Capital Bikeshare stations are also nearby (17th & K; Thomas Circle). Additionally, several paid parking garages are available nearby.

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