"Food business clusters have been emerging in Indiana since the mid-1970s. They are now taking root in farm commodity producing regions. Young members of the Indiana Farm Bureau are positioning themselves for a future of farming that may be very different than the past, knowing that if each Hoosier spent less than $5 per week buying food directly from Indiana farms, this would generate $1.5 billion of new farm income for state farmers—a 20% increase in farm revenue."
In this report commissioned by the Indiana State Department of Health, Ken Meter of Crossroads Research Center tells the current story of farming in Indiana from the ground up, studying data and interviewing farmers and processors alike to capture the essence of the challenges current facing our state’s food systems and the creative solutions emerging in response. The report represents a valuable foundation of information and ideas as we explore what it will take to localize our foodshed. Despite it’s size and gravity, the report is easy to read and clearly summarizes its key findings. It will certainly reinforce your knowledge of farming history, challenge your perception of our current food capacity, and inspire your vision for our future food systems. The entire report can be downloaded here.