NC1198: Renewing an Agriculture of the Middle: Value Chain Design, Policy Approaches, Environmental and Social Impacts

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Journal Articles

  1. Shideler, D., A. Bauman, D. Thilmany, BBR Jablonski. 2018. "Putting Local Food Dollars to Work: The Economic Benefits of Local Food Dollars to Workers, Farms and Communities." Choices: The Magazine of Food, Farm, and Resource Issues. 33(3).  
  2. Brekken, CA, C. Dickson, H.H. Peterson, M. Ostrom, G. Feestra, and K. Tanaka. "Economic Impact of Values-Based Supply Chain Participation on Small and Mid-Sized Produce Farms". Journal Food Distribution Research. Forthcoming.
  3. Brekken, CA, M Parks, M Lundgren. 2017. "Oregon producer and consumer engagement in regional food networks: Motivations and future opportunities." Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development7(4).
  4. Bauman, A. G., D. Thilmany McFadden, and B.B.R. Jablonski. 2018. “The financial performance implications of differential marketing strategies: Exploring farms that pursue local markets as a core competitive advantage.” Agricultural and Resource Economics Review.
  5. Bauman, A., D. Thilmany McFadden, and B.B.R. Jablonski. 2018. “Evaluating scale and technical efficiency among farms and ranches with a local market orientation.” Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems
  6. Burmeister, L. and K. Tanaka. 2017. “Fair Labor Practices in Values-Based Agrifood Supply Chains?” Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. 7(3): 17-22.
  7. Christensen, L.O., B.B.R. Jablonski, L. Stephens, and A. Joshi. Accepted. “Evaluating the economic impacts of farm to school: An approach for primary and secondary financial data collection of producers selling to schools.” Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.
  8. Christensen, L.O., B.B.R. Jablonski, and J. O’Hara. 2018. “School districts and their local food supply chains: Implications for farm to school programs.” Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems
  9. Clancy et al. (12 authors). 2017 . "Using a market basket to explore regional food systems". Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. 7(4)” 163-178.
  10. Clark, J.K. and B. BR Jablonski. 2018. "Federal Policy, Administration, and Local Food Coming of Age." Choices: The Magazine of Food, Farm, and Resource Issues33(3).
  11. Conner, D., Sims, K., Berkfield, R. and Harrington, H. (Published online December 12, 2017). Do farmers and other suppliers benefit from sales to food hubs? Evidence from Vermont. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition.
  12. De Master, K. and J. Daniels. “Desert Wonderings: Reimagining Food Access Mapping,” conditionally accepted, Agriculture and Human Values. Forthcoming.
  13. De Master, K. 2018. “New Inquiries into the Agri-Cultures of the Middle.” Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment. Published online October 2018: (DOI) - 10.1111/cuag.12219.
  14. Feenstra, G., Hardesty, S., Lev, L., Houston, L., King, R., and Joannides, J. 2018. “Beyond fresh and direct: exploring the specialty food industry as a market outlet for small-and medium-sized farms.” Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems 0, 1-11.
  15. Hardesty, S., R.P. King, G. Feenstra, L. Houston, J. Joannides, and L. Lev. 2018. "Exploring Supplier-Manufacturer Relationships in the Specialty Food Sector" Journal of Food Distribution Research. 49(1)
  16. Hendrickson, Mary K., Harvey S. James, Jr., Annette Kendall, and Christine Sanders. 2018. “The Assessment of Fairness in Agricultural Markets.” Geoforum96:41-50
  17. Jablonski, B., M. Hendrickson, S. Vogel and T. Schmitt. 2017. “Local and Regional Food Systems Driving Rural Economic Development.” Chapter 3 in Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities. USDA and Federal Reserve System Collaboration Joint Publication.
  18. Naasz, E., B. BR Jablonski, D. Thilmany. 2018. "State Branding Programs and Local Food Purchases." Choices: The Magazine of Food, Farm, and Resource Issues.33(3).
  19. Nogeire-McRae, T., E.P. Ryan, B.B.R. Jablonski, M., H.S. Arathi, C.S. Brown, H.H. Saki, S. McKeen, E. Lapansky, M.E. Schipanski. 2018. "The Role of Urban Agriculture in a Secure, Healthy, and Sustainable Food System." BioScience68 (10), 748-759
  20. Ostrom, M., K. De Master, E. Noe, and M. Schermer. 2017. “Values Based Food Chains from a Transatlantic Perspective: Exploring a Middle Tier of Regional Agrifood System Development,” International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food24: No 1: 1-14.
  21. Ostrom, M., K. De Master, E. Noe, and M. Schermer, Special Issue Co-editors. 2017. “Evolutions in the Middle: Transnational Perspectives on Values Based Food Chains,”International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food 24: No 1.
  22. Palmer et al.(9 authors). 2017. "Between global and local: exploring regional food systems from the perspective of four communities in the US Northeast." Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. 187-205.
  23. Plastina, A. Forthcoming. “Declining Liquidity in Iowa Farms: 2014-2017.” Journal of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.
  24. Plastina, Alejandro; Liu, Fangge; Sawadgo, Wendiam; Miguez, Fernando E.; Carlson, Sarah; and Marcillo, Guillermo. 2018. "Annual Net Returns to Cover Crops in Iowa," Journal of Applied Farm Economics: Vol. 2 : Iss. 2 , Article 2. Available at:
  25. Plastina, A., Liu, F., Miguez, F., & Carlson, S. 2018. Cover crops use in Midwestern US agriculture: Perceived benefits and net returns. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 1-11. doi:10.1017/S1742170518000194
  26. Plastina, A., and C. Hart. 2018. (Open Access). “Is ARC-CO acting as a Safety Net Program? Evidence from Iowa.” Choices. Quarter 1.
  27. Rossi, James, Thomas G. Johnson, and Mary Hendrickson. 2017. “The Economic Impacts of Local and Conventional Food Sales.” Journal of Agriculture and Applied Economics. 49(4).
  28. Saulters, Mary Margaret, Mary K. Hendrickson and Fabio Chaddad. 2018. “Fairness in alternative food networks: An exploration with Midwestern social entrepreneurs.” Agriculture and Human Values. Accepted 2/1/2018.

Book Chapters

  1. Hendrickson, Mary, Harvey James and William D. Heffernan. 2019. “Vertical Integration and Concentration in US Agriculture.” Forthcoming in Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics, 2nd Editionedited by D. M. Kaplan. Dordrecht: Springer Science and Business Media.
  2. Hendrickson, Mary K., Philip H. Howard, and Douglas H. Constance. 2019. “Power, Food and Agriculture: Implications for Farmers, Consumers and Communities.” Forthcoming in In Defense of Farmers: The Future of Agriculture in the Shadow of Corporate Power,edited by Jane W. Gibson and Sara E. Alexander. Lincoln NE: University of Nebraska Press.
  3. Hinrichs, C. 2018. "Food and Localism." In J. Konefal and M. Hatanaka, eds. Twenty Lessons in the Sociology of Food and Agriculture.Oxford University Press.
  4. Howard, P. 2018. "Increasing Corporate Control: From Supermarkets to Seeds." In J. Konefal and M. Hatanaka, eds. Twenty Lessons in the Sociology of Food and Agriculture.Oxford University Press.
  5. Howard, Philip H. Forthcoming. Corporate Concentration in Global Meat Processing: The Role of Feed and Finance Subsidies. In Global Meat: Social and Environmental Consequences of the Expanding Meat Industry(Bill Winders and Elizabeth Ransom, eds.). MIT Press.
  6. Jablonski, B., M. Hendrickson, S. Vogel and T. Schmitt. 2017. “Local and Regional Food Systems Driving Rural Economic Development.” Chapter 3 in Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities. USDA and Federal Reserve System Collaboration Joint Publication.

Non Peer Reviewed

  1. King, R., Lev, L., Houston, L., Feenstra, G., Hardesty, S., Joannides, J. 2017. “A survey of specialty food manufacturers to assess whether they represent an attractive outlet for small and medium-size farmers.” Working paper/ Staff paper P17-05, University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics.
  2. Peterson, H.H., G. Feenstra, M. Ostrom, and Tanaka. 2017. “Impacts of Values-Based Supply Chains on Small and Medium-Sized Farms.” Journal of Food Distribution Research, 48(1): 105-106. Conference Proceeding Issue.




Journal Articles and Book Chapters:


  • Brekken, C., Dickson, C., Peterson, H., Feenstra, G., Tanaka, K., Ostrom, M., and Engelskirchen, G. (2019). Economic impact of values-based supply chain participation on small and mid-sized produce farms. Journal of Food Distribution Research, Volume 50, Issue 2, pp. 1-26. ISSN 2643-3354 (online);
  • Christensen, L.O., B.B.R. Jablonski, and J. O’Hara. 2019. School districts and their local food supply chains: Implications for farm to school programs. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems34(3):207-215.
  • Clark, J., B.B.R. Jablonski, A. Irish, S. Inwood, and J. Freedgood. A Contemporary Concept of the Value(s)-added Food and Agriculture Sector and Rural Development. Accepted. Community Development
  • Clay, L.; Perkins, K.; Motallebi, M.; Plastina, A.; Farmaha, B.S. 2020. "The Perceived Benefits, Challenges, and Environmental Effects of Cover Crop Implementation in South Carolina." Agriculture 2020, 10, 372. doi: 10.3390/agriculture10090372.
  • Conner, D. (2020). Exploring Resource Management for Sustainable Food Businesses: Three Vermont Case Studies. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development9(3), 99-107.
  • De Master, Kathryn Teigen and Malin, Stephanie. 2020. “Devil’s Bargains: Fractured Farms or Freedom?” in Bite Back: People Taking on Corporate Food and Winning, Kathryn De Master and Saru Jayaraman, eds., University of California Press: Berkeley.
  • Didero, N., M. Costanigro, and B.B.R. Jablonski. Accepted. Promoting farmers market via information nudges and coupons: a randomized control trial. Agribusiness: An International Journal.
  • Diekmann, L., and M. Ostrom (In Press). Growing Together: Participatory Approaches in Urban Agriculture Extension. In M. Egerer & H. Cohen (eds.), Urban Agroecology: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Understand the Science, Practice, and Movement. CRC Press.
  • Fairbairn, Madeleine, James LaChance, Kathryn De Master, and Loka Ashwood. 2020. “In vino veritas, in aqua lucrum: Farmland investment, environmental uncertainty, and groundwater access in California’s Cuyama Valley. Agriculture and Human Values.
  • Hancock, G., Y. Liu, A.R. Smith, and A. Plastina. "Motivations and Challenges of Cover Crop Utilization for Georgia Crop Production." Journal of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers 2020, pp. 122-128.
  • Hendrickson, M.K. “Covid lays bare the brittleness of a concentrated and consolidated food system.” Agriculture and Human Values37(3):579-580.
  • Hendrickson, MK, SH Massengale, R. Cantrell. 2020. “No money exchanged hands, no bartering took place. But it’s still local produce”: Understanding local food systems in rural areas in the US Heartland.” Journal of Rural Studies 78, 480-490.
  • Howard, Philip H. and Mary K. Hendrickson. 2020. The State of Concentration in Global Food and Agriculture Industries. Pp. 89-91 in Transformation of Our Food Systems: The Making of a Paradigm Shift (Hans Herren, Benedikt Haerlin & IAASTD +10 Advisory Group, eds.). ISBN 978-3-00-066209-6.
  • Howard, Philip H. 2020. How Corporations Control our Seeds. Pp. 15-29 in Bite Back: People Taking on Corporate Food and Winning (Saru Jarayaman & Kathryn De Master, eds.). Oakland, CA: University of California Press.
  • Jablonski, B.B.R., J. Casnovsky, J.K. Clark, R. Cleary, B. Feingold, D. Freeman, S. Gray, L. Schmitt Olabisi, X. Romeiko, C. Walsh, A.E. van den Berg. Accepted. Emergency food provision for children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic: Examples from five U.S. cities. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy.
  • Jablonski, K.E., J.A. Dillon, J. Hale, B.B.R. Jablonski, and M.S. Carolan. Accepted. One place doesn’t fit all: Improving the effectiveness of sustainability standards by accounting for place. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems.
  • Jablonski, B.B.R., A.G. Bauman, and D. Thilmany McFadden. 2020. Local food market orientation and labor intensity. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy
  • Jablonski, B.B.R., M. Sullins, and D.T. McFadden. 2019. Community Supported Agriculture Marketing Performance: Results from Pilot Market Channel Assessments in Colorado. Sustainability 11:2950.
  • Jablonski, B.B.R., M. Carolan, J. Hale, D. Thilmany McFadden, E. Love, L.O. Christensen, T. Covey, L. Bellows, R. Cleary, O. David, K.E. Jablonski, A. Jones, P. Meiman, J. Quinn, E. Ryan, M. Schipanski, H. Summers, and M. Uchanski. 2019. Connecting Urban Food Plans to the Countryside: Leveraging Denver’s Food Vision to Explore Meaningful Rural-Urban Linkages. Sustainability11(7):2022.
  • Long, A.B., B.B.R. Jablonski, M. Costanigro, and W.M. Frasier. Accepted. The Impact of State Farm to School Procurement Incentives on School Purchasing Decisions. Journal of School Health.
  • Miller, Michelle. 2020. “Innovations in Food Logistics” summary, in Innovations in the Food System: Exploring the Future of Food: Proceedings of a Workshop. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Washington, DC. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, https://doi. org/10.17226/25523.
  • Olimpi, E.M.*, P. Baur*, Echeverri, A., Gonthier, D., Karp, D.S., Kremen, C., Sciligo, A., De Master, K.T. (senior author). 2019. “Evolving Food Safety Pressures in California’s Central Coast Region.” Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. *Both authors contributed equally to this publication.
  • Ostrom, M., Goldberger J. R., and K. S. Smith. (Accepted). Market Makers: Exploring Gender Dynamics in Farmers Markets from Field to Booth, Western Economics Forum, Fall 2020 Issue.
  • Prescott, M. R. Cleary, A. Bonanno, M. Costanigro, B.B.R. Jablonski, and A. Long. 2020. A systematic review of the impact of farm-to-school activities on student outcomes. Advances in Nutrition. 11(2):357-374.
  • Ransom, E., M. DuPuis, and M.R. Worosz. 2020. Why farmers are dumping milk down the drain and letting produce rot in the fields. Lead story in The Conversation, 23 Apr.(
  • VanSandt, A, S. Low, B.B.R. Jablonski, and S. Weiler. 2019. Place-Based Factors and the Success of Farm-Level Entrepreneurship. Review of Regional Studies. 49(3).
  • Walcott, E., Raison, B., Welborn, R., Pirog, R., Emery, M., Stout, M., Hendrix, L., and M. Ostrom (2020). We (All) Need to Talk About Race: Building Extension’s Capacity for Dialogue and Action. Journal of Extension. October.
  • Worosz, M.R., Farrell, B. and C.A. Jenda. 2020. Teaching critical thinking via the “Wicked Problem” of food insecurity. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 20(4):621-53.

Extension and Outreach Materials

  • Farnsworth, L., Miller, M., and Lloyd, S. ACDS, LLC. Madison Terminal Market Final Report. Madison, WI: Report to the City of Madison. August 20, 2020. URL forthcoming.
  • Feenstra, Gail, G. Engelskirchen, P. Leff. 2020. Website created: Elderberries as a hedgerow crop for California farmers website and resources: California Elderberries (
  • Howard, Philip H. 2019. Recent Changes in the U.S. Beer Industry. the-u-s-beer-industry/
  • Howard, Philip H. 2020. Organic Processing Industry Structure 2020.
  • Howard, Philip H. February 2020. “Consolidation in the Global Seed Industry: Drivers and Impacts.” Presentation at Genetic Engineering and Society Center Colloquium, North Carolina State University. Raleigh, NC.
  • Lloyd, Sarah. Public webinar on dairy policy featuring agricultural economist Torsten Hemme from the International Farm Comparison Network, April 15, 2020.
  • Lloyd, Sarah. Participatory modeling session on dairy supply management, October 28, 2020.
  • Miller, Michelle and Sarah Lloyd. On-line viewing of the film “Gather,” a film about Native American food sovereignty, with a panel response, organized by Lloyd and Miller, October 21, 2020.



Conference presentations:

  • Brinkley, Catherine. “Food Banks and Local Food Networks,” American Sociological Association (ASA), online-due to COVID-19, August, 2020 
  • Feenstra, Gail. “Farmers Market LIFE: Using participatory research to expand the customer base of farmers market shoppers,” created with Penny Leff and Julia Van Soelen Kim and sent out a Twitter thread on project results as part of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society Twitter Conference, July 23, 2020.
  • Feenstra, Gail. “Promoting food and water justice in California’s Central Valley,” organized and introduced this session (online presentations) for the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior annual conference, July 21, 2020.
  • Feenstra, Gail, Engelskirchen, and Penny Leff. “Your Hub is Subject to FSMA, Now What? FSMA Implementation Tools for Food Hubs” workshop. Wallace Center’s 2020 National Good Food Network Conference March 10-13, 2020, New Orleans, LA.
  • Feenstra, Gail, “Food security and community gardens: Who will feed future cities?” Chair and intro speaker of session at “The Next Generation of Sustainable Cities” conference, UC Davis, January 24, 2020 (60 attendees).
  • Feenstra, Gail, David Conner, and Penny Leff. “Critical factors to agritourism success: Multi-State perspectives,” sent out a Twitter thread on project results as part of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society twitter conference, July 23, 2020.
  • James, Harvey, Mary K. Hendrickson, Christine Sanders & Elizabeth Anderson. “Fairness Perceptions and Expectations in Agriculture: Lessons from the Case of Dicamba,” Poster presentation, Agricultural & Applied Economics Association meeting, August 10-11, 2020.
  • Miller, Michelle. “Optimizing Food Systems,” Tri-Societies annual meetings, on-line November 9, 2020.
  • Miller, Michelle. “Food Access and Food Equity,” Central Wisconsin Coop Conference, November 2, 2019.


Invited Presentations to Community Groups, Students and Stakeholders:


  • Brinkley, Catherine. “7thAnnual One Health Symposium: The Future of Food.” University of California, Davis; November 8, 2020 
  • Brinkley, Catherine. “Opening address: Farm of the Future,” University of Pennsylvania, September 30, 2020
  • Brinkley, Catherine. “Opening address: past, present and future of planning during pandemics,” Center for Planning Excellence, September, 2020.
  • Brinkley, Catherine. “Food Shortages in a Pandemic, Mondavi Institute,” Savor Event May, 2020
  • Clancy, K. “Regional Food Systems” Online lecture in Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Policy course. New York University. March 18, 2020.
  • Clancy, K. Presentation on regional food systems during online public forum “Toward a Regional (3 state) Food Equity Plan for New York” organized by City University of New York CUNY) Urban Food Policy Institute. March 25, 2020.
  • De Master, Kathryn, Invited Discussant: “Agriculture Land and Climate Policy Virtual Roundtable,” Berkeley Food Institute, University of California, Berkeley, June 3, 2020. Berkeley, California.
  • De Master, Kathryn. “Lessons from Bite Back: People Taking on Corporate Food and Winning,” Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, Environmental Problem-Solving course guest panelist (with Saru Jayaraman), November 12, 2019.
  • De Master, Kathryn. “Biting Back Against Corporate Food During the COVID-19 Crisis.” Global Environmental Theme House (GETH) series, April 6, 2020.
  • De Master, Kathryn. “Agroecological Transitions and Food Sovereignty: Why the Middle Matters,” Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management, Agroecology course guest lecture, November 21, 2019.
  • Feenstra, Gail. “Sustainable and equitable food systems,” speaker on a panel at the Sacramento Valley Section’s Young Planners’ Group Pint Night, July 8, 2020. (~27 attendees).
  • Feenstra, Gail, G. Engelskirchen, P. Leff. Webinar: “Understanding Opportunities for Elderberry Sales” webinar, April 22, 2020:
  • Miller, Michelle. “Food Flow,” Miami-Dade Transportation Working Group webinar, October 9, 2019.
  • Miller, Michelle. “Food Systems Mapping,” Wallace Center Food Systems Leadership Network webinar, April 29, 2020.
  • Miller, Michelle. “Food Systems and COVID19,” Wisconsin Public Radio Ideas Network interview, May 4, 2020.
  • Miller, Michelle. “Food Systems and COVID19,” UW Now Livestream presentation, May 19, 2020.
  • Miller, Michelle. “Food Distribution,” Metro Washington Council of Governments webinar, June 25, 2020.
  • Miller, Michelle. Oregon Public Radio interview on food systems, August 7, 2020.
  • Miller, Michelle. “Food Ecosystems,” Local Food Trust webinar, August 19, 2020.
  • Plastina, Alejandro. “Ag Trends, Opportunities, and Challenges,” Invited Presentation at the Ag Forum on Agriculture and the Economy, Successful Communities Speaker Series. Greenfield, IA. Mar 13, 2020.
  • Plastina, Alejandro. “Farm Bill Decisions,” First National Bank, Eagle Grove, IA. Mar 6, 2020.



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