Choose one of the questions below to learn more about farming and farmers in Jefferson County.
As a trend I am seeing more locally grown produce in large grocery stores. Will this have an adverse effect on the growth of farmers markets? While I appreciate the convenience of grocery stores I still love visiting my favorite farmers at the Farmers Market!
I recently read a report on Economic Development in Jefferson County, and it identifies national fixed pricing on milk as a threat to the county’s economy. The report specifically says that the current price structure for dairy products is not based on market conditions like supply and demand, and that even with an increased demand for dairy products in the region, farmers are unable to raise prices in accordance with the increased demand. It further says that this price structure could create a disincentive for investment among local farmers. Can you elaborate on what the report is describing? What is the national milk pricing policy? Why does it create a disincentive for local farmers to invest more in their operations?
Last updated July 5, 2017