February 13, 2012

State of Alabama
Press Release: Agriculture and Industries, Department of

Local Foods: Potential to Build Wealth and Health in Alabama

 Montgomery, AL - Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries in cooperation with Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments (TARCOG) and the Food Bank of North Alabama (FBNA) cordially invites the media to a presentation by national food system expert Ken Meter entitled, “Local Foods: Potential to Create Wealth and Health in Alabama.”


Ken Meter, MPA, is President of Crossroads Resource Center in Minneapolis, MN and has performed studies of local food economies in 78 regions across 30 states.  He is considered one of the foremost food system analysts in the U.S. and has taught economics at the University of Minnesota.


This past year, the Food Bank of North Alabama engaged Ken Meter to perform the North Alabama Local Farm and Food Economy study to gauge the potential of local foods as a catalyst for economic development. Ken Meter will discuss the study’s results and implications for building Alabama’s wealth, health and community self-reliance through a strong local food economy.


The presentation’s details are below. A preliminary agenda, flyer and highlights from the study are attached. 


Local Foods: Potential to Build Wealth and Health in Alabama

by Ken Meter of Crossroads Resource Center

10:00 A.M. – 11:30 AM

February 15th, 2012

Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries Auditorium

1445 Federal Drive, Montgomery, AL 36107


Please RSVP to charlenthia.canidate@agi.alabama.gov or 334-240-7100


                On behalf of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, TARCOG and FBNA, we hope you will join us for this unique opportunity.  We have reached out to colleagues across sectors including farming, economic development, tourism, planning, education and health in order to set the stage for future cross-specialty dialogues about collaborative ways to strengthen our local food economy and advance the well-being of our state.



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