Regional Food Systems

Nebraska Regional Food Systems Network

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Nebraska Extension Regional Food Systems

Extension believes that all Nebraskans should participate in the food system to ensure viable, healthy, and productive communities. We know we are better together and are excited to create a space to gather people in the regional food system arena. That’s where you come in.

Our objectives include:

  1. Understand Nebraska Extension’s commitment to supporting robust regional food systems across Nebraska,
  2. Determine where and how the regional food system is already established, and
  3. Identify how your land-grant University can better contribute to a vibrant and equitable regional food system.

Why Regional Foods?

You don’t have to be a farmer to be interested in where your food comes from and how it gets to the dinner table. Nebraska’s status as one of the world’s leading agricultural centers positions our state well to have a major impact on producers and consumers in regions across the state.

The Nebraska Regional Food System Network adheres to principles of inclusion in decision making, transparent communication, respect for all opinions and perspectives, collective action towards common goals, and sincere participation with partners and stakeholders.

Local and regional food systems bring value to communities by generating economic development; creating relationships between residents, farmers and businesses; preserving and protecting farm land; and supporting healthy lifestyles. All of us rely on the food system, but it’s not always clear what role we play or how we can make it better.

Nebraska Extension is poised to assist all Nebraskans to become better acquainted with their regional food system and to work with communities across the state to embark on building a food system that meets the needs of everyone.

Meet the Team

Elaine Cranford
ecranford2@unl.edu
Buy Fresh Buy Local; cooporative development specialist

Katie Kreuser
katie.kreuser@unl.edu
Fruit and vegetable production; IPM; high tunnel production

Ben McShane-Jewell
bmcshane-jewell2@unl.edu
Marketing and distribution

Rex Nelson
rex.nelson@unl.edu
Business planning; entrepreneurship

John Porter
john.porter@unl.edu
Urban Agriculture; production

Vanessa Wielenga
vwielenga2@unl.edu
Food access; nutrition; health