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By Tim Mussack
Senior policy associate Center for Rural Affairs 

Buying food locally has host of benefits

 


Summer is in full swing and with that comes cookouts and gatherings where food is featured. As you plan your menu, keep local farmers in mind.

Buying locally-produced food strengthens the local economy. According to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, on average, every $100 spent at a locally-owned business results in $45 flowing back into the local community. This is much higher than the $14 that stays in the community when we spend our $100 at a business that isn’t locally owned.

More customers are now choosing to purchase their food from farmers markets, farm stands, local meat proce...



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