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Research Publications

Listed below are various publications from the EDA Center at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Publications listed come from projects EDA Center faculty and staff have completed, works published in magazines/journals and technical assistance requests. Technical assistance requests are typically planning, research or technical projects that have a direct or indirect impact on job creation, business development or capital investment. All requests are reviewed by EDA Center staff, as well as the EDA Center Advisory Board; and those requests selected comprise our annual work plan. For more information regarding the EDA Center's RFA process click here.


Institutional Healthcare Market for Local Produce
Completed December 2012
Local EDA/Organization: Extension Center for Community Vitality
EDA Center Faculty/Staff: Ryan Pesch, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota
Project Description: There appears to be a growing trend towards purchasing foods from local and whole food sources, especially in the K-12 area (ITAP, 2012). Healthcare facilities, such as hospitals, assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities also present a promising market for local and whole foods sources and are open all year. Within the counties of Becker, Clay, Otter Tail, and Wilkin counties there are 54 healthcare facilities which serve meals on-site and purchase 385,140 pounds of fresh produce annually. The purpose of this study was to examine the market potential available in healthcare facilities across these four counties as it relates to crops grown in West Central Minnesota.
EDA Center Involvement:
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This document was prepared by the University of Minnesota, Crookston under award number 06-66-05709 from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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