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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.


Economic Emergency Program Economic Impact of Lost Poultry Processing Jobs in Faribault, Minnesota
Completed June 2015
Local EDA/Organization: City of Fairbault and Rice County
EDA Center Faculty/Staff: Brigid Tuck, Economic Impact Analyst at the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality Elizabeth Templin, Extension Educator at the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality
Project Description: In late winter 2015, avian influenza was discovered in a flock of commercial turkeys in Minnesota. After the first flock was infected, the virus spread rapidly. As of June 11, 2015, the disease had been confirmed at 108 turkey and chicken farms in 23 Minnesota counties, resulting in the direct loss of over 9.0 million birds in the state. The loss of turkeys translates into fewer birds for processing. While still a relatively small portion of all turkey production in Minnesota (and the United States), the lost production has led to decreases in processing. On May 5, the Jennie-O plant in Faribault, Minnesota announced it would lay off 233 of its employees. As the community of Faribault absorbs this announcement, city and county leaders will need to consider the future of their community. That future will have an effect on the economy of Faribault and Rice County. In response, University of Minnesota Extension, has prepared this economic emergency report. This report is presented in partnership with EDA Center at the University of Minnesota Crookston.
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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