Presentation to Look at 'Growing' Local Food Economy

An economist who specializes in assessing how to turn food into a growing part of a local economy will be in Sheridan in September.

Ken Meter of Crossroads Resource Center will speak at a two-day conference hosted by the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service. The event, “Living and Working on the Land,” will be Sept. 3 and 4 at the Holiday Inn.

The event has gained support from the Sheridan-based Powder River Basin Resource Council. Council organizer Bill Bensel explained the interest.

Meter will be keynote speaker at the conference on Sept. 3, and on Sept. 4, he will present a workshop on “Making a Local Food System Work for Your Community.”

The local organizer said demand is growing for healthy, high-quality foods grown and raised by Sheridan area farmers and producers. He added that Sheridan has a historically strong agricultural base that was once highly diversified.

The Wyoming Business Council in 2012 estimated that farmers markets in Wyoming generate over $1 million in sales. The Powder River Basin Resource Council says this indicates a firm consumer interest in buying foods that originate in our own back yards.

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