Regional Food Hubs Create Jobs, Economic Opportunity
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says skyrocketing consumer demand for local and regional food is an economic opportunity for America's farmers and ranchers. Vilsack says food hubs facilitate access to these markets by offering critical aggregation, marketing, distribution and other services to farmers and ranchers. Food hubs keep more of the retail food dollar circulating in the local economy - he says - by serving as a link between the farm or ranch and regional buyers. As a result - Vilsack says the success of regional food hubs comes from entrepreneurship, sound business sense and a desire for social impact.
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