Food Systems Finance Resource Center
Food system finance is becoming an increasingly important local development focus. Communities throughout the country are reimagining the food system with various strategies aimed at creating new food enterprises, providing access to capital for establish food industry participants, supporting local farming, investing in the food deliver infrastructure and financing food scarcity challenges with innovative funding. While food system financing continues to present myriad challenges to local development agencies significant process is being made in this area.
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+Understanding Food Systems Finance
Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food Investments to Transform Communities
Debra Tropp from the USDA introduces a new publication from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and USDA entitled Harvesting Opportunities: The Power of Regional Food Systems Investments to Transform Communities. Consumers are increasingly interested in where their food comes from and using their food dollars to support desired social and environmental goals.
Succession Opportunities in Local Food Systems
Joe Bute, with Hollymead Capital and PittBusiness discuss the importance of recognizing the challenges of the "critical middle" in the regional food system and facing the challenges of ownership change.
The Rural Center
More Food Systems Finance
Barry Ryan discusses what The Rural Center is doing to support rural economic development in North Carolina.
Food Systems Finance is a burgeoning area in development finance and CDFA collects headlines on food systems projects and news daily.
The Intro Food Systems Finance Webcourse
examines the development finance programs that sustain a local food system and how investments in that system can drive economic development on a broader scale. Topics covered include federal, state, and local sources of capital, stakeholders involved in the financing process, and case study examples that showcase the variety of financing programs.
This course will explore how bonds, tax credits, loan programs, foundation grants, and other financing tools can be used to support a local food system and encourage follow-on investment, small business development, and sustainable growth. In particular, this course will address the financing challenges associated with growing, processing, distributing, marketing, and selling food.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Financing Food Systems - Old Problems, New Approaches
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, listen to Joe Bute of Hollymead Capital, Larry Yee of the Food Commons, and David Safer of The Bank of New York Mellon discuss food systems finance. From food hubs to experimental local food sourcing programs this webcast will tackle old problems with some new approaches.